Fern Tree comes from my new solo album Family Portraits. A collection of 11 solo piano pieces dedicated to my ancestors and loved ones. An aural family tree, created from a desire to preserve the little that is known for my future generations. The pieces capture the love, humour and sadness of a small and geographically disparate family.
Composed and performed by Andrea Keller on solo piano using the Boss RC50 loop station, Line 6 delay pedal and preparations. Family Portraits was created as part of Keller’s two-year Australia Council Fellowship program (2010-2012).
Four of the tracks were recorded live in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in the Salon on February 10, 2012. The remaining seven tracks were recorded at the same venue on June 18, 2012.
Recorded by Jim Atkins
Mixed by Jim Atkins & Joe Talia
Mastered by Philip Rex at Paper Mache Studio
Video by Leo Dale http://thirdeyevideos.com
“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.” Roger Mitchell, 2012.
“Pianist Andrea Keller is a major talent on the thriving Australian scene… Apart from being an outstanding piano player, Keller has the gift for writing totally distinctive and engaging compositions.” Bev Stapleton, AllAboutJazz.com, 2006.
Drawing on the rich repertoire of Brazilian Choro, Sexteto Zona Sul is a Melbourne combo put together by Doug de Vries, a leading exponent of this mostly instrumental music. Featuring classic compositions by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha and new original works in an ever expanding genre that combines polka and samba with virtuosity and ingenuity.
Doug de Vries – mandolin
Asha Henfry – flute
Adam May – cavaquinho
Ken Murray – guitar
Julian Scheffer – 7 – string guitar
Al Kerr – pandeiro
Armando Ornano improvising on Raga Marwa, which is played in the twilight hours during sunset. The mood of this raga is melancholy, reflection and deep calm. Armando has been studying North Indian classical music since 1993 with the late Pandit Sreekant Misra from Benares on Pakawaji (drum) and with Harsh Wardhan from Delhi Bansuri (indian flute). Recorded by Leo Dale at Third Eye studios in September 2012.
Brilliant West Footscray songwriter Martin Elepans has written a collection of songs about Nancy Wake, the New Zealander who was in the French resistance during WW2. His group performs under the name Madame Andree, one of Nancy Wake’s pseudonyms. Etoile Marley sings and stars in all of the videos.
Bassist Howard Cairns together with Adam Simmons playing – Slowly Disappearing – from the album Compression. The album was recorded live at the Kelvin club with his Quintet and is available on iTunes. The videos were shot back at the same venue during the album launch.
Helen Mountfort performs Soliloquy a solo ‘cello piece originally written and performed in Swift, a dance piece devised and performed with dancer Ros Warby and designer Margie Medlin. Soliloquy is inspired by and pays homage to the music of extraordinary Armenian composer and duduk player Djivan Gasparyan. Helen writes music for film, dance and theatre and composes and performs with three Melbourne bands.
DdV3 here interpreting Garoto’s samba complete with solos and variations absorbed by osmosis from various sources; an example of tradition meets modernity that is surely the legacy of Garoto’s contribition to the guitar repertoire of the world. More gems and rough diamonds from the fount of music sundial coming. DdV
In a world that goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds, Leo Dale joins forces with some of Australia’s finest musicians – Ray Pereira, Doug de Vries and Zvi Belling to sing about the pace of change. On a bed of Afro Brazilian rhythm.