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Hodder-Williams / Caldwell: Mariner's Way (FMR)

A combination of improvisations and duets using gamelan, singing bowl, flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, exploring the mythical journey of the mariner.

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UPC: B0000253NX

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 291
Squidco Product Code: 13788

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded at Coomberhurst Studio, Kingston University, London on May 31st, 2009 and July 7th, 2009 by Ebby Acquah.


Susie Hodder-Williams-flute, alto flute, bass flute, gamelan

Chris Caldwell-soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, gamelan

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Artist Biographies:

"Chris graduated from the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama in 1986 having studied with Stephen Trier. As a performer he's been involved with some of Britain's leading contemporary composers and ensembles including The Mike Westbrook Orchestra, BCMG, Steve Martland Band, London Saxophonic, Michael Nyman Band and The Delta Saxophone Quartet.

Chris has also performed with many of the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has worked in the West End for the last fifteen years playing in many productions including Les Miserables, Cats, Chicago, Follies, City Of Angels, Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles.

His commercial work has seen International tours with the London Concert Orchestra (Anton & Erin from Strictly Come Dancing), Shirley Bassey Orchestra in Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, Cairo and the UK plus tours of Asia, Japan and Europe with the Michael Nyman Band, Grahamophones, and for a variety of theatre groups.

Since 2009, Chris has been exploring and developing a new area of improvisations and compositions with Susie Hodder-Williams, inspired by the natural history of Dartmoor. The Mariner's Way CD is the first result of this fruitful partnership which was launched at the Greenaway Barn Gallery as part of the Devon Open Studios. In 2010, he set up a performance series, in Devon, called Music on the Edge which has found its first home in the engaging Long Room, Drewsteignton."

-Delta Saxophone Quartet Website (

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track listing:

1. Gigha Quartz 5:31

2. Reindeer Moss 6:23

3. Shadows 4:02

4. Predawn 4:32

5. Celestite 4:15

6. Beardown 5:56

7. Landfall 4:23

8. Kistvaens 5:27

9. Mariner's Way 5:07

10. Appledore 1:00
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"A combination of improvisations and duets using gamelan, singing bowl, flute, alto flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, exploring the mythical journey of the mariner, traveling across Dartmoor, on the ancient track known as the Mariner's Way.

Tradition has it that for centuries there has been an ancient trackway which runs from Bideford in North Devon and Dartmouth in South Devon. The purpose of this route was for sailors to travel between the two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another, hence the name, The Mariner's Way. Numerous Dartmoor writers have acknowledged the track and some have even tried to follow its route but still today there is no firm evidence for the existence of The Mariner's Way apart from faint echoes in the traditions of Dartmoor.

Susie Hodder-Williams and Chris Caldwell both live on Dartmoor. Their music is fresh and experimental, residing at the edge of folk, classical and improvisation, inspired by the landscape and natural history of Dartmoor. Live at the Long Room is an on going series of performances where their latest work can be experienced in the informal surroundings of the Long Room. They are both professional musicians who live on Dartmoor, one of the UK's National Parks, an area of outstanding natural beauty and ancient Bronze Age history.

Hodder-Williams is a flautist (piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and ethnic flutes) and Caldwell is a saxophonist/clarinettist (soprano, baritone saxophones and bass clarinet). They both have a vast experience as performers in a variety of musical styles; orchestral, chamber music, contemporary jazz, folk and experimental music. Their work together combines these musical influences with inspiration taken from the natural elements found within Dartmoor and beyond.

Mariner's Way is their first collaborative CD which follows, through music, the part- mythical footpath which navigates over Dartmoor and shares the same name. The music here is half composed and half improvised; its sound world is that of water, wind, granite and squelching footfall: the mariner alone on the ancient moor."-Music on the Edge

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