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Gardens of stone

CD

Gardens of stone / Amanda Handel, piano ; Michael Jackson, didjeridu.

  • Published by A. Handel — 2012 — 1 CD (61 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: CD 2417 — Available for loan

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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

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Also includes: Bunburang / Michael Jackson.

Product details

This vibrant CD of Australian contemporary classical music is a unique creative venture initiated by Amanda Handel, in collaboration with Michael Jackson.

Conjuring landscapes and other natural features of the Blue Mountains, the music reflects a journey which moves between highly charged and powerfully rhythmic passages into areas of delicate sonority.

Crafted with luxurious dissonances, the piano writing explores extended modal harmonies against the bedrock of fixed didjeridu pitches. This unusual acoustic combination creates a wealth of resonance and surprising timbral effects.

Much more than just an accompaniment or drone, the didjeridu plays an integral role within the texture and phrasing of Amanda's compositions. Michael plays a battery of didjeridus and the didjeribone with astonishing virtuosity and a richly complex tone, using a large repertoire of rhythms, overtones and vocalisations.

Gardens of Stone features a solo piece on each of the two instruments, and the album closes with a spontaneous improvisation where Amanda and Michael leap into unchartered territory, eliciting a strange and exciting new realm of sound.

Duration: 61 min.

Liner notes include program notes.


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