An extraordinary new CD Echoes of Earth, that saw some of Melbourne’s finest classical and jazz musicians come together for one of the most ambitious recording projects staged at Brighton’s St Andrews Anglican Church, is soon to be released to the public.
Echoes of Earth features 13 tracks in all showcasing the fruits of a new collaboration between Elwood flautist Jessica Zuk, pianist and composer Callum Watson and clarinetist Joel Hands-Otte. Works include three new piano trio compositions by Watson presenting a mix of both jazz and classical influences.
Hands-Otte also contributes a profound bass clarinet arrangement of the jazz standard God Bless the Child written by Billie Holiday. The CD concludes with an innovative new arrangement of Vivaldi’s G minor flute concerto La Notte for flute and string quintet conceived by Melbourne composer Scott A. Aschauer with support from Zuk and Watson.
“All works on the release have been specifically orchestrated with the fine St Andrews acoustic in mind” says Watson. “Orchestrations play on the reverberance and enhanced musicality that the amazing space provides”.
Echoes of Earth will be launched in North Melbourne on Saturday 24 March (9.00pm) for the first show of an exclusive three-month residency at Club Voltaire with all three performers playing a recital on the night.
“Watson truly is an amazing pianist and his classical/jazz compositions are fun, fabulous and executed to the best recital hall standards.” – Weekend Notes
Echoes of Earth CD Launch
Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan St, North Melbourne
Performance: Saturday 24 March 2018 – 9.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.callumwatson.com.au
Image: Echoes of Earth cover – © Callum Watson Enterprises, used with permission.