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rock­poolmir­ror (Tall Pop­pies TP244)

Each of this al­bum’s 12 works is a sketch form­ing the ba­sis for an im­pro­vised duet evok­ing one of Belinda Web­ster’s dis­qui­et­ing pho­tographs shot in Shoal­haven Gorge. The mu­sic can be chill­ing, ex­ul­tant, sooth­ing, mov­ing or mind-ex­pand­ing, but it never just treads wa­ter. Evans’s so­prano or tenor sax­o­phones (the for­mer some­times sound­ing un­can­nily flute-like on the al­bum’s dra­matic opener, Rock Wa­ter Tem­ple) are var­i­ously joined by Sat­suki Odamura’s koto and bass koto, Steve El­ph­ick’s dou­ble bass, Bobby Singh’s tabla and Adrian Sher­riff’s bass trom­bone. Ad­di­tion­ally Alon Il­sar of­fers three strik­ing solo pieces us­ing AirSticks (an elec­tronic per­cus­sion in­stru­ment of his own de­vis­ing), sam­ples and drums. Sparked by Web­ster’s ex­cep­tional eye for the high art Na­ture crafts, this is a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the canon of Aus­tralian creative mu­sic.

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