Pacific voyage

Ivashkin, Alexander V.; Barlow, Ora and Halliday, Kim. 2009. Pacific voyage. [Audio]

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Creators: Ivashkin, Alexander V.; Barlow, Ora and Halliday, Kim
Abstract or Description:

Fusing Western and indigenous styles has long been a fashionable concept, with many artists striving to create an artistic endeavour or a commercial piece fitting with a particular style. Performed by memory and improvisation, Pacific voyage is a step beyond this, an album that embraces multicultural music, the Western, Maori and Polynesian elements combining to create a sense of darkness, foreboding and, in places, haunting melancholy. Alexander Ivashkin’s cello, Kim Halliday’s ukulele, and Ora Barlow’s percussion and taonga puoro form a haunting combination, with evocative tones echoed in the song titles. Night Whispers is a fine example — the staccato rhythms and fingerpicked strings echoing the nocturnal environment. Another is Moteata: Lament, where the sadness is picked up in the cello and taonga puoro, while Rimsy-Korsakov’s Bumble Bee is performed with a playfulness and energy that undercuts the melancholic eerie of much of the surrounding material. As clashing cultures go, Maori and Polynesian instruments and sounds combined with a western classical tradition of cello playing certainly sounds like it shouldn’t work, but the effect is truly stunning. ‘Pacific Voyage’ may not find a large audience, but will be well received by discerning listeners.

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Music
Music > Centre for Russian Music
Copyright Holders: Alma Classics
Dimensions or Duration:
65 minutesDuration
Item ID: 4851
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2011 09:32
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2013 15:30


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