The Art of Disappearing

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Audio Engineer and Producer: Jayson McBride
Executive Producer: Cameron Lam
Record Label: Kammerklang
Cover Art: Luke Moseley

Released by Kammerklang on 28th May 2019

Available to buy from Bandcamp and to listen on Spotify

Reviews

The Art of Disappearing is a song cycle meditating on the nature of grief. Slowly transforming from stasis - where is everything is arresting and alien - grief doesn't leave. It becomes an important and empathetic part of us, as we learn to move again.

The fifth portrait album from Sydney composer, Cameron Lam, weaves together the timbre and expressive depth of mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong and the vibrant connection of the Geist String Quartet to paint a delicate response to the rhythmic and intensely musical poetry of Sarah Holland-Batt's first book, Aria.

TRACK LIST

  1. The Art of Disappearing I 04:56

  2. Tracery 07:19

  3. Synchronised Time (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound") 06:14

  4. Meditation on the Plums I 04:00

  5. Scattered Like A Broken Crusader (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound") 04:20

  6. Elegie 06:34

  7. Athenian Jar 03:42

  8. Silence Resonating Into Sound (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound") 05:50

  9. Enduring Ritual 06:27

  10. Meditation on the Plums II 04:10

  11. That Which Was Always There (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound") 05:16

  12. The Art of Disappearing II 05:38

ARTISTS
Composer: Cameron Lam
Poet: Sarah Holland-Batt

Mezzo soprano: Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon)
Geist String Quartet:
Violin I - Sonia Wilson
Violin II - Mia Stanton
Viola - Hayasa Tanaka
Violoncello - James Larsen

 

The Domestic Sublime

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Available as a CD from Katy Abbott and the Australian Music Centreor digitally on iTunes

Released by Leeward Side Records 2013

The Domestic Sublime - The Vocal Music of Katy Abbott (LS 1302)

Halcyon performs No Ordinary Traveller (2006) - song cycle for mezzo, clarinet, percussion and piano. Note: the full song cycle features on Sunburnt Aftertones.

CD also features performances by Greta Bradman, Leigh Harrold, and the Song Company.

Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Diana Springford clarinet, Daryl Pratt percussion, Jo Allan piano

A Vision of Wildflowers

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Recorded at The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage, Trackdown Studios, Sydney by Daniel Brown, 2010. 

Available as a CD  from Halcyon
Also available from the Australian Music Centre

Released by Ruth Lee Martin 2011

Vocal and choral music by Ruth Lee Martin

Halcyon performs Wimmera Song Cycle (2010) - song cycle for soprano, mezzo, flute, cello and piano. 

CD also features performances by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne

Artists:  Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Sally Walker flute, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Sally Whitwell piano

Audio Excerpts:

Sunburnt Aftertones

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Recorded at The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage, Trackdown Studios, Sydney by Daniel Brown, 2010.  Produced by Haig Burnell.  Edited by Haig Burnell and Tom Grubb.

Available as CD from Halcyon 
Also available as a CD from Katy Abbott and the Australian Music Centre

Released by Move Records 2010

Sunburnt Aftertones - The Chamber Music of Katy Abbott Move Records (MCD441)

Halcyon performs No Ordinary Traveller (2006) - song cycle for mezzo, clarinet, percussion and piano.

CD also features performances by Caerwen Martin, Syzygy Ensemble, Mark Gaydon, Barry Cockcroft, Jessica Voigt and Joseph Lallo.

Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Diana Springfordclarinet, Daryl Pratt percussion, Jo Allan piano

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