800 Million Heartbeats

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800 Million Heartbeats

[ ABC Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 September 2013

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Versatile and genre-busting, NZTrio epitomises the relevance of live music in a digital age.

This group smashes preconceptions of classical music being stuffy and intimidating by engaging their listeners with intimate and dynamic performances. Each concert is a unique experience. Mixing musical cultures and genres, and often involving collaborations with a diverse range of international artists, NZTrio inspires people of all walks of life to see classical music, both old and new, as approachable, essential and meaningful.

With this new album, their first on the ABC Classics label, the Trio presents music by award-winning Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum. The Greenbaum sound has clear connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but goes beyond these important influences: 'I often conceive of music in terms of journeys, but I also believe that music should be appreciable as pure, abstract sound in time. Either way, my music aims to evoke an atmosphere apart from the routine of modern life. At times, I think we lose a sense of wonderment at our earthly surrounds. I believe in the need to cultivate space in a world increasingly filled with commercialism, light and noise pollution and 24/7 thinking.'

Violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Watkins first joined forces in 2002, and their artistry, intensity and approachability have captivated music lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, Turkey, the US and the UK. The NZTrio was Ensemble in Residence at The University of Auckland from 2004 to 2009, and recent highlights have included a tour to China and Taiwan in 2012, the 2011 City of London Festival, and rave reviews for their performance at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington.


1.800 Million Heartbeats
2.Falling by Degrees I. Meteor
3.Falling by Degrees II. Snow
4.Falling by Degrees III. Parachute
5.Falling by Degrees IV. Apple
6.Falling by Degrees V. Anchor
7.Falling by Degrees VI. Stockmarket
8.Falling by Degrees VII. Night
9.Equator Loops
10.The Year Without A Summer I. 1815 - And Then The Sky Was Filled With Ash
11.The Year Without A Summer II. 1816 - The Year Without A Summer
12.The Lake And The Hinterland
13.Lunar Orbit
14.Scarborough Variations
15.Book of Departures