[ Rattle Records / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 30 December 2015
I stayed a minute was conceived by composer Eve de Castro-Robinson in tandem with Auckland photographer, Harvey Benge.
The two compositions on this album form a diptych for piano, voice and percussion featuring Auckland pianist Dean Sky-Lucas. Each piece is divided into three movements with suggestive poetic titles drawn from some of Eve's favourite writers. Both are concerned with a similar range of sonic explorations, from the ritualistic, meditative pulsing of repeated notes, to more restless and dynamic figures on the keyboard and beyond. As Eve often does in her music, the sonic palette is extended to include vocalising, percussion, and interior piano.
Ring true employs metal handbell and tam-tam, while and the garden was full of voices sees the pianist whispering, crooning, and chanting, as well as utilising prepared strings (CD cases on the strings). Each work is allusive rather than programmatic, conjuring the sound of bells (both literal and metaphorical), birds, and voices (real and imagined).
"De Castro-Robinson's latest release finds her in collaboration with photographer Harvey Benge. And so, while you listen to Dean Sky-Lucas lay out the extraordinary sound worlds of two 12-minute piano pieces, you can contemplate 29 images by Benge; images that, like this music, search out ironies and coincidences with a clear eye and dry wit." William Dart
01 Ring True (12:53)
Mvt 1: a music as numerous as space (5:50)
Mvt 2: a wild dissolving bliss (4:10)
Mvt 3: a quietness distilled (2:53)
Ring true was commissioned by NZ pianist Dan Poynton in 2003
02 And the garden was full of voices (13:11)
Mvt 1: the air sings of life (5:14)
Mvt 2: moon darkened by song (3:05)
Mvt 3: the ancient chants are echoes of death (4:52)
and the garden was full of voices was commissioned by Barry Margan for the SOUNZTender project in 2010, and premiered by pianist Gao Ping. The title is from a line of Bill Manhire's: "I stayed a minute/and the garden was full of voices".