Echoes of Earth ia a groundbreaking CD release which sees some of Melbourne’s finest classical musicians coming together for one of the most ambitious recording projects staged at St Andrews Anglican Church, Brighton – a venue heralded as one of the finest acoustics in Australia.
The CD features 13 tracks in all showcasing the fruits of an acclaimed new collaboration between 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. Watsons compositions have been said to ‘demonstrate a skill and mastery over the classical form, yet…manages to make it so contemporary and accessible’ (Weekend Notes).
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 led by Jessica Zuk of Vivaldi’s G minor flute concerto “La Notte” for flute and string quintet conceived by Melbourne composer Scott A. Aschauer.