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Australian composer Kate Moore has worked with a wide range of ensembles, including Slagwerk Den Haag, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, The Amsterdam Cello Octet, The New European Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many more. On her Cantaloupe Music debut with All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate, she brings a uniquely vivid, contemplative and almost spiritual voice to these six new compositions for the cello.
Moore and Bathgate first met back in 2009; since then, the two have collaborated, whenever timing and schedules would allow, on a wide-focus musical excursion that uncovers the full range of the instrument. Both artists have a deep familiarity with the major repertoire, from Elgar to Dvorak, Fauré, Bach and Beethoven, and over the years, they have developed and sculpted their own original language — Bathgate, through the subtlety and color of her playing, and Moore through the idiomatic and dynamic vocabulary that she brings to the fore as a composer.
Stories for Ocean Shells channels what Moore likes to refer to as a shared experience. “Being at a similar place in our lives really added to that,” Moore says. “It meant that we could immediately see where the other was coming from. We’re both rebels from an intense background playing the cello, and we both wanted to break out, with the aim to create something new that we could call our own. So this project is about tapping into that vast energy around us.”
released May 20, 2016
Ashley Bathgate - cello, vocals (6)
Lawson White - pedal steel guitar and vibraphone (6)
All compositions by Kate Moore
Kate's music is administered by The Australian Music Centre and APRA.
For licensing requests or to obtain performance materials please contact APRA/AMCOS or visit apraamcos.com.au.
Produced by Lawson White
Recorded, edited and mixed by Lawson White at Good Child Music Studios/Studio G, Brooklyn NY
Assistant Engineers: Franciso Botero, Gina Vosti
Mastered by Lawson White
Stories for Ocean Shells is dedicated to cellist Dorothy Sumner and Jean Bathgate
Executive Producers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Kenny Savelson, & Julia Wolfe
Label Manager: Bill Murphy
Cantaloupe Sales Manager: Adam Cuthbert
Art direction and graphic design: Frank Olinsky
Cover Art: Kate Moore
Cover Art Photography: Joy Lai
Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can
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This is stunning.
Everything about it is superb: the composition, the playing, the recording. To hear the violin played with a glass-cutting purity, and to hear the melodies unfurl one not at a time is a sublime experience. This is immaculately crafted music, with a power and control that belies it monophonic delicacy.
Easily my top modern classical release of 2018 Michael Mueller