Chinese whispers : and other contemporary dance music / Gabriella Smart, piano
Featured Australian works
|Three Latin rhythms — solo piano — Guaguanco||Erik Griswold||Gabriella Smart||3 mins, 38 sec.|
|Within a 'Prayer at Lamplighting' (2003) for amplified piano and digital delay||Constantine Koukias||Gabriella Smart||11 mins, 58 sec.|
|Five bagatelles (1994) for solo piano||Carl Vine||Gabriella Smart|
Also includes: Canzone popolare / Ludovico Einaudi -- An Offering of Intimacy / Zhu Jian'er -- Suo / Qin Yi -- Traces / Tan Dun --'for Cornelius' / Alvin Curran -- Scherzo / Jia Daqun -- Tango for Time / Michael Nyman.
Piano works by some of Australia's and China's most outstanding contemporary composers.
Dance tells an eloquent story: it is the physical, visceral celebration of life, from the frenzy of physical abandonment to the caress of a gentle embrace. Music is the pulse that keeps it alive. Composers over the centuries have taken dance forms and metamorphosed them into absolute music, as the supreme abstract expression of art.
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 10 comprise the program from Chinese Whispers, a performance of contemporary piano solos from Australia and China, and dance duets which tours Australia and China in 2005.
Remaining works are taken from a solo concert Smart gave for the 2003 Melbourne International Festival, the theme of which was the celebration of music and movement. The works of Ludovico Einaudi, Zhu Jian'er, Tan Dun and Michael Nyman are extensions of their ground breaking music for film.
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