TWO STEP / an improvisatory work by Cathy Milliken and friends.
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||TWO STEP (2019) — unspecified voice with chamber ensemble||Cathy Milliken||Cathy Milliken, William Barton, Yael Berolsky, Soren Birke, Julian Day, Brett Dean, Karen Power, Vanessa Tomlinson, Carol Robinson, Michael Schiefel, Robyn Schulkowsky, Wu Wei||45 mins, 42 sec.|
Recorded in Berlin, Brisbane and Tev Aviv, this is a truly
international recording. Cathy Milliken is an Australian oboist
and composer currently working from Berlin. She has involved
herself in many collaborative projects with some of the best
modern performers available. Almost half of her collaborative
partners in TWO STEP are Australian. She recorded
improvised duets with each musician and then took these
recordings into a studio where she created a long musical
narrative from the duet resources. The text throughout, which
comes from a series of short poems from Gertrude Stein's 1914
'Tender Buttons', flows through the recording. Cathy says
"Gertrude Stein was inspired by the cubist painters, layering
repeating images, to create a sort of three-dimensional imagery.
It has a type of mesmerising effect that goes beyond the words. I
was interested in seeing whether the texts stand out or merge
with the music; I feel they do both." The whole piece feels like
an unfolding journey featuring a series of commentators.
This project has been financially assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts, from which Cathy Milliken has also been awarded a 2020 Music Fellowship.
Duration: 46 min.
Liner notes include program note and biographical notes on the performers.
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