Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra - Iron in the Blood: A Musical Adaptation of Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore
Iron in the Blood is a captivating album exploring the rich tapestry of Australia’s colonial past. Featuring music by award-winning saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose, the album is inspired by and features text from Robert Hughes’ seminal work The Fatal Shore, read by Philip Quast (three-time Laurence Olivier Award winner) and William Zappa (Mad Max 2; Dead Europe).
“Hughes’ account of Australia’s convict system, The Fatal Shore, is probably the best read Australian history. It exposed in Bob’s compelling prose the sadistic brutality bound up in our nation’s founding—a system that not only dispossessed and all but destroyed the native people but then flogged and tortured the prisoners it had brought to the other end of the world” (Malcolm Turnbull; Lucy Turnbull is the niece of Robert Hughes and a prominent advocate of his work). Iron in the Blood provides an opportunity to explore Hughes’ masterpiece with a musical narrative that creates a rich fabric of perspective, from evocations of Australian natural beauty to the folksong of the colonialists. Hughes was himself reportedly a fan of jazz, and the 17-piece orchestra brought together by Rose features some of the finest Australian musicians of their generation.
Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is at the forefront of contemporary jazz and creative music. The media has reported that “his compositions stand out from the pack” (SMH), and that “his playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master” (The Australian). He has performed throughout Australia and Europe with his projects including The Vampires, The Strides and the Jeremy Rose Quartet. His accolades include the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, and his compositions have been played by classical groups including Ensemble Offspring and SSO Fellowship.
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