Sambhala : for two cellos
by David Holyoake (2012)
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Performance by Sacha McCulloch, Noelle Casella from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 52.
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Sambhala is the original sandskrit spelling of 'Shambhala', meaning a place of perfect happiness and spiritual purity in Indian and Tibetan traditions. The concept refers both to an inner spiritual state as well as an alleged historical place on Earth. This composition responds to the collective loss of belief in better ways of organising society, and the urgent need to struggle for new definitions of 'prosperity,' human 'progress' and 'success'. In places the music sounds as if it has been digitally enhanced when in fact all atmospheric effects are produced using special playing techniques on the cellos. The listener has no choice but to listen deeply to this music, which is structured according to a series of evolving and contrasting cycles, at times faintly imitating Indian instruments such as the Sarod and Sitar. After a dramatic climax, the work ends with a spacious sense of opening to new possibilities.
Instrumentation: 2 cellos.
Difficulty: Advanced — much use of extended techniques, harmonic glissandi, artificial harmonics
This work was featured in the National Gallery of Victoria's 'Melbourne Now' exhibition which ran from November 2013 to March 2014. It was part of the gallery's first ever sound only exhibition, 'Now Hear This'.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associaed with this work:
Indian classical music. Eastern Mysticism.
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