A bewitching lullaby performance for grown-ups, curated by violinist, Anna McMichael and performed with pianist, Tamara-Anna Cislowska.
Step into the enchanting – and sometimes turbulent – world of dreams through a variety of lullabies both old and new, to a background of contemporary, visually arresting images and texts associated with this age-old form of music making.
With video installation by French artist Isabelle Vigier, and sound design by Dutch composer Cor Fuhler, the program includes brand new works from composers from Australia and around the world such as Peter Adriaansz, Seung Ah-Oh, Robert Ashley, Damian Barbeler, Andrew Ford, Cor Fuhler, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Koehne, alongside existing works from David Chisholm, Brett Dean, Kate Moore, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Stravinsky, Sibelius, Szymanowski and Enescu. The program is recorded by Tall Poppies and was released in 2013 and has been performed at Mona Foma festival in 2013, Port Fairy Festival and Duneira in Nov 2013, Tyalgum Music Festival 2014 and the Peninsula Music Festival in 2014.
Read Anna's article in Limelight
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND I'LL CLOSE MINE
Lullabies (or berceuses) have have been around as long as humans have been singing their children to sleep. This CD of 'night music' together with pianist, Tamara Anna Cislowska, on the Tall Poppies label presents a unique collection of (mostly) modern lullabies, many written for this project. Works by Australian composers David Chisholm, Brett Dean, Andrew Ford , Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Koehne and Kate Moore sit alongside new works by Korean composer Seung-Ah Oh, Dutch composer Peter Andriaansz and the late American composer, Robert Ashley. Works by Ravel, Sibelius, Enescu, Szymanowski and Stravinsky complete the collection, integrating the old with the new in this genre.
* Nominated for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award.
* Limelight Magazine: "A magical release."
Read review in The Australian
This project is companion to the programme called 'Close your eyes and I'll close mine' that Anna McMichael and Tamara-Anna Cislowska started performing around Australia in 2012. Next to selecting a repertoire of late 19th and early 20th century lullabies, Anna McMichael, curator of the project, commissioned some composers to write new ones, forming a collection of lullabies old and new. She also asked Isabelle Vigier to create video projections for the project. Isabelle has based her work on the deconstruction of the lyrics in lullabies of various heritages. Recontextualizing words and images, she composes an abstract berceuse, around the mysteries, the fears and the peace that come with the act of falling asleep. With thanks to Isabelle Vigier and the Unsounds label..
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