[A]part / Ellen Kirkwood and Sirens Big Band, featuring Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans and Gian Slater.
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||[A]part (2017) — big band with soloists
Recorded/performed at: Studios 301, Sydney, on Sep 18.
|Ellen Kirkwood||Sirens Big Band, Ellen Kirkwood, Andrea Keller, Gian Slater, Sandy Evans||56 mins, 22 sec.|
13-piece powerhouse Sirens Big Band plus featured soloists Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans and Gian Slater, present Ellen Kirkwood's epic 56-minute, four-part suite. The magnum opus is Ellen's emotive and captivating response to growing issues in a rapidly changing world: the wonder and malignance of the internet, the refugee crisis, greed and climate change, and reflections/reactions to the present.
[A]part traverses a diverse series of moods and influences. The musical metamorphosis from one section to another sees a vast array of ideas and styles including neo-classicism, chorale, afro-cuban, afrobeat and electronica. With echoes of Guillermo Klein and Carla Bley, Kirkwood's imaginative and daring composition style is abundant here, as she draws listeners in with her narrative-style writing, full of character, feeling and unexpected twists. Listeners can expect an engrossing journey through music that evokes rage, bewilderment, calm, determination, and everything in between.
Duration: 57 min.
1. The internet: wonder and malignance -- 2. On the refugee crisis -- 3. Greed and climate change -- 4. The present: reflections and reactions.
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