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Monash Art Ensemble (Grabowsky / Neal / Ford / Hannaford Williamson / Evans / Hope): Here Now Hear [ (FMR)

"Here Now Hear" is comprised of nine innovative Australian works commissioned and recorded by the Monash Art Ensemble between 2017 & 2019, featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary cross-genre music by significant Australian composers: Paul Grabowsky, Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Robert Burke, Cat Hope, Marc Hannaford, Paul Williamson, Johannes Luebbers and Sandy Evans.
 

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Paul Grabowsky-composer

Andrew Ford-composer

Robert Burke-composer

Cat Hope's-composer

Marc Hannaford-composer

Paul Williamson-composer

Sandy Evans-composer

Monash Art Ensemble


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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 552-0519
Squidco Product Code: 28064

Format: 2 CDS
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded with students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, by Ben Grayson, Daniel Tan, Hadyn Buxton and Ross Cockle.

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"___ Here Now Hear

Here Now Hear is comprised of nine innovative Australian works commissioned and recorded by the Monash Art Ensemble between 2017-2019. It features an eclectic mix of contemporary cross-genre music by significant Australian composers: Paul Grabowsky, Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Robert Burke, Cat Hope, Marc Hannaford, Paul Williamson, Johannes Luebbers and Sandy Evans.

__ Monash Art Ensemble

The Monash Art Ensemble was established in 2012 within the Faculty of Arts and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University thanks to the generosity of the Vizard Foundation and the Robert Salzer Foundation. The ensemble, directed by Paul Grabowsky AO, is a polystylistic ensemble that aims to support the development of excellence in young Australian musicians, foster a culture of innovation amongst established Australian musicians, and encourage community engagement with the Australian music industry.

__ The Composers

Kate Neal is a composer, arranger and collaborator. Neal has been the recipient of many awards, scholarships and fellowships, including the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music - Beleura Award for Composition. Fractured is an ode to many of the jazz & free players.

Andrew Ford OAM is an award-winning composer, writer and broadcaster. 'Comeclose and Sleepnow' is Ford's first foray writing for improvising ensemble.

Sandy Evans OAM is an internationally renowned composer and saxophonist. 'The Drunkard's Walk' explores the relationship between improvisation and composition and stems from her current Australia Council Fellowship that considers the role of randomness in improvised music.

Paul Grabowsky AO is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. The great drummer, poet and raconteur Allan Browne introduced Grabowsky to the singular, at times ecstatic verse of e.e. cummings. Grabowsky tried in this piece to convey the sense of weightlessness suggested by the text. Melting chords and fragments of melody drift through a void laced with an insistent, quiet rhythmic ostinato carried from vibraphone to trombone, clarinet, piano and violin: 'one by one stars flutter into dust'.

Cat Hope's music is conceptually driven with a focus on low frequency sounds, featuring graphically notated acoustic and electronic combinations represented in animated notations. 'Dark Hip Falls' is a dedication to Scott Walker (1943-2019) and his contribution to the idea of song in during the change of millennia.

Marc Hannaford is an improviser, composer, and academic based in New York. Fainter, Stronger presents a series of sonic portraits of some of his musical collaborators and influencers, framed within large scale temporal cycles.

Robert Burke is a distinguished performer, composer, author and educator. 'Musician and Machine' explores how electronic performance integrates with improvising classical and jazz musicians. The outcome aims to promote a musical system design and real-time interaction between musician and machine.

Paul Williamson is a trumpeter, composer and educator. 'For Tomasz' is a homage to Polish trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stanko (1942-2018) with whom MAE collaborated in 2016."



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Artist Biographies

"Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor - and is one of Australia's most distinguished artists.

Born in Lae, Papua New Guinea in 1958, Paul was raised in Melbourne where he attended Wesley College. During the late 70's he became prominent in the music scene in Melbourne, working in various jazz, theater and cabaret projects.

He lived and worked in Europe and the US from 1980-85, during which time he performed with many jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin. He returned to Australia in 1986 and established a reputation as one of Australia's leading jazz musicians with such bands as his own trio and sextet, the Wizards of Oz and as musical director for singer Vince Jones.

He was musical director of Tonight Live with Steve Vizard from 1990-1992.

He has written the scores for over twenty feature films in Australia, the UK and US including The Eye of the Storm and Last Orders (Fred Schepisi) Innocence (Paul Cox), and Shiner (John Irvin). Among the many other filmmakers he has worked with are Gillian Armstrong, Nadia Tass and Clara Law. His television credits include the series Phoenix and Janus and the Emmy-winning Empire Falls. His works for the theater include two operas and various multimedia works.

He is the founder and AD of the Australian Art Orchestra, with which he tours both nationally and internationally. Recent AAO projects have concentrated on collaborations with traditional and contemporary indigenous performers, something which Paul passionately advocates.

Among his numerous CD releases are two for the Hush series (for which he is Artistic Director), designed to assist in the healing environment of Melbourne Children's Hospital.

He has won four ARIA awards, two Helpmann awards, several Bell Awards and a Deadly award. He was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000, and received the Melbourne Prize for Music in 2007.

He was Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival from 2005-2007 and the 2010 Adelaide Festival, and is currently Artistic Director of the 2012 Adelaide Festival."

-Paul Grabowsky Website (http://www.paulgrabowsky.com.au/about/biography/)
7/10/2024

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Andrew Ford OAM is an award-winning composer, writer and broadcaster. 'Comeclose and Sleepnow' is Ford's first foray writing for improvising ensemble.

-https://monashschoolofmusic.bandcamp.com/releases (Monash Art Ensemble)
7/10/2024

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"Robert Burke has enjoyed a diverse and wide-ranging career as a performer, composer, researcher and educator in music. Classically trained on the clarinet and saxophones, his main focus as a performer has been in jazz and popular music, including eight years performing and composing with Kate Ceberano (including a top-ten Australian hit) and fifteen years with ARIA award-winning band The Black Sorrows.

Rob has performed on and contributed compositions to over 200 CDs by groups ranging from pop acts such as John Farnham, Ice House, Real Life, Vika and Linda Bull, to contemporary jazz projects with leading artists including Tony Gould, Paul Grabowsky, Vince Jones, Tony Floyd, Doug De Vries, Slava Gregorian, Geoff Hughes, Nick Haywood, Paul Williamson, Jordan Murray and Stephen Magnusson.

Rob has performed /recorded with many international jazz artists including Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, Nasheet Waits, Tom Rainey, Enrico Rava Dave Douglas, George Lewis, Red Rodney, John Abercrombie, Paul McCandless (Origon), George Garzone, Richie Barshay, Johannes Weidenmueller (USA), Lula Galvao, Roberta Valente, Hermeto Pascoal (Brazil), Mirko Guerrini, Debasis Chakroborty (India) and Qmars Piraglu (Iran)

-Monash University (http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/robert-burke/)
7/10/2024

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"Cat Hope, born 11 March 1966, is an Australian musician and academic, based in Melbourne and is currently the Head of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Monash University. She is best known as a noise, installation and performance artist. She was a founder of the legendary Perth noise duo Lux Mammoth; was a singer, songwriter and bassist in dark indie band Gata Negra, and she also performs solo noise music using bass guitar. Her current projects include a series of works that focus on low frequency called 'the low grooms' and a bass improv quartet Abe Sada.

Hope lectured in classical music and music technology at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2000 she was awarded the Pandora's Box Film Festival Award for best film score. In that year her music was included in the Extreme Music From Women compilation, issued by the Susan Lawly label. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the UWA School of Music (now the UWA Conservatorium of Music)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Hope)
7/10/2024

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Marc Hannaford is an improviser, composer, and academic based in New York. Fainter, Stronger presents a series of sonic portraits of some of his musical collaborators and influencers, framed within large scale temporal cycles.

-Monash Art Ensemble (https://monashschoolofmusic.bandcamp.com/releases)
7/10/2024

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Paul Williamson is a trumpeter, composer and educator. 'For Tomasz' is a homage to Polish trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stanko (1942-2018) with whom MAE collaborated in 2016.

-Monash Art Ensemble (https://monashschoolofmusic.bandcamp.com/releases)
7/10/2024

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Sandy Evans OAM is an internationally renowned composer and saxophonist. 'The Drunkard's Walk' explores the relationship between improvisation and composition and stems from her current Australia Council Fellowship that considers the role of randomness in improvised music.

-Monash Art Ensemble (https://monashschoolofmusic.bandcamp.com/releases)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. For e.e. cummings 9:38

2. Fractured 10:22

3. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs i. Evening Song 4:02

4. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs ii. Her Song 3:43

5. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs iii. Comeclose And Sleepnow 6:17

6. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs iv. Dial-a-Poem 1:31

7. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs v. Sometimes It Happens 5:24

8. Comeclose And Sleepnow: Six Liverpool Lovesongs vi. Aubade 5:54

9. Musician And Machine 21:43

10. The Dark Hip Falls 11:10

CD2



1.Fainter, Stronger 23:05

2. For Tomasz i. The Alchemist 10:50

3. For Tomasz ii. Bittersweet 9:40

4. For Tomasz iii. Passion, Grit And Soul 5:26

5. The Drunkard's Walk Step 3 8:42

6. The Drunkard's Walk Step 5 8:18

7. The Drunkard's Walk Step 1 11:57

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