Water Pushes Sand is a brilliant work by Brisbane-based composer/keyboardist Erik Griswold, which combined musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra with all-star musicians and performers of Chengdu, Sichuan to create a wild and beautiful intercultural celebration by fusing Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation.
Sichuan culture is unique in China, and its music combines colours from rustic country folk, street songs and a cacophony of gongs and cymbals. It is more like blues or early rock and roll than classical music.
Following its great success at the 2015 Melbourne Festival and OzAsia in Adelaide in 2015, the original ten-piece ensemble work (now a CD on Jazzhead) has now been rearranged for a five-piece touring outfit.
Composer Erik Griswold (piano) is joined by the virtuosic Mindy Meng Wang (guzheng), Peter Knight (electronics/trumpet), and the Brisbane-based team of Samuel Pankhurst (acoustic bass) and Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion).
Presented by the Australian Art Orchestra (in collaboration with the MJC)
“A masterful musical montage. . . full of fascinating juxtapositions” – Jessica Nicholas, Sydney Morning Herald.
“Folky and melodic to urbane and chaotic, it was a delightful and rewarding experience for the rapturous audience. . . a fine example of all that is possible when art and those who practice it are given the great gift of time to develop deep and generous relationships” – Kristian Pithie, Performing Arts Hub.
“A liberating performance showing the beauty and strength of two cultures intertwining” – Victoria Mantynen, Planet Arts.
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||Water pushes sand : large jazz ensemble by Erik Griswold|
— performed by Peter Knight and Australian Art Orchestra
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