JACK BODY (b.1944): Rainforest, GARETH FARR (b.1968): Taheke, EVE DE CASTRO-ROBINSON (b.1956): Pearls of the Sea, TAN DUN (b.1957): In Distance for Piccolo, Harp and Bass Drum (Arnold Marinissen [drum]), TORU TAKEMITSU (1930-1996): Toward the Sea III.
Catalogue Number: 09O073
Reference: ACD 709
Description: Takemitsu's atmospheric 'sea pictures' evoke the mystery of the oceans, the alto flute and harp technique and phrasing emulating the traditional Japanese shakuhachi and koto. Body's pieces are transcribed and adapted from recordings of the traditional music of the African rainforest Pygmy tribes. Irregular rhythm ostinati suggest complex drumming, while ingenious use of instrumental resources (including 'prepared harp' in the third movement, and chanting by the players in the sixth) evoke a range of traditional instruments and voices. Tan Dun uses extended pauses and extended techniques, including the addition of a bass drum played with the hands, to explore the distance between eastern folk styles and atonal western music. The Castro-Robinson is characteristically sonically inventive, using the rich sonority of bass flute and extended techniques to conjure a mysterious, ritualistic atmosphere. Farr's Taheke consists of musical snapshots of three New Zealand waterfalls using folk-like melodies and delicate, aqueous textures. Bridget Douglas (flute), Carolyn Mills (harp).