12 new Australian solo cello works written for David Pereira - a project which celebrates the handing back of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to its traditional indigenous owners. The musical responses are varied, from the digeridoo sounds underpinning Hopkins' work to the modernism of Dean.
Wesley-Smith asks Pereira to sing along, which he does admirably! Two of Australia's finest jazz pianist/composers, Mike Nock and the late Roger Frampton explore tender song-like melodies. The cover painting was commissioned from Newcastle artist David Middlebrook.
“This is basically a contemporary concept program...The 12 composers handle their assignments in different ways, though there is a general tendency toward wide-open spaces, abstract harmonies and a sort of improvised feeling...This is a project of considerable scope, effectively carried out.”
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