Sunrise. Pink grapefruit bleeds through gauze.
Up with the starlings chinotto clowns spun from pashmak.
He breathes, the boy-man, colour, chroming, a sneaky cephalopod.
Steps are earthbound, says the rib-jutting Jain, better fly,
- Paul Grabowsky
I was commissioned by the Monash Art Ensemble to compose this piece during my residency at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks composer house in 2015. Whilst there, I had flashes of an image... half man, half bird with one large wing on its right side, dressed in business attire.
Following the abstract advice of this image I decided to fuse the Greek God Zephyr with the mythical Phoenix to create a new beast; the Zephyrix. It’s a hybrid creature which, for me, symbolizes the bridging of tensions that occur between our mundane struggles and the evils of life, and the liberating creative expression of our true selves.
Zephyrix is the musical embodiment of that tension, encapsulating both the strain and release of this dichotomy. It seeks to... more
released April 7, 2018
Commissioned and performed by the Monash Art Ensemble
Composed by Barney McAll
Directed by Paul Grabowsky
Recorded by Ross Cockle
Recording assistance by Ben Grayson and Matthew Webb
Mixed and Mastered by Ross Cockle and Barney McAll
Produced by Barney McAll
Production assistance by Paul Grabowsky and Megan Burslem
Paul Grabowsky, director
Barney McAll, piano, chucky, electronics and voice
Paul Williamson, trumpet
Eugene Ball, trumpet
Jordan Murray, trombone
Josh Bennier, trombone
Robert Burke, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet
Jonathan Cooper, tenor saxophone
Lachlan Davidson, flute
Mirko Guerrini, alto saxophone, clarinet
Estelita Rae, violin
Hugh Stuckey, guitar
Philip Rex, double bass
Matthias Schack-Arnott, percussion, vibraphone
Ray Pereira, percussion
Kieran Rafferty, drum kit
Recorded at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in May, 2016.
Mixed and Mastered at Sing Sing Studios.
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