Sarah McKenzie has launched her second CD and is off to Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. We talked to her about both – and about the search for her own authentic musical identity.
“…even when I’m playing other music that may stylistically sound different, I am striving for the feeling of Flamenco. The way it moves, the rhythmic depth, the dynamics, the gravity. It informs every part of my artistic life.”
Tim Stevens was the recipient last year of a Professional Development Award from the Australasian Performing Right Association, and an element in the prize was a day’s recording at Studios 301. Tim used this day for the present album, in a session engineered by Simon Todkill.
“I started writing lyrics to instrumental tunes as a way to practise writing original songs. I was struggling writing melodies and lyrics at the same time so I started doing them independently, then really enjoyed the challenge of matching these existing melodies to lyrics.”
Willow’s latest release Lightbulb Life has been in my headphones for the last few days. It’s a sound window into an exotic location, an insight into a city and its people through Willow’s ears.
From the media release: Technically, it’s jazz. Free and bold, fired by impeccable musicianship. Yet A Glorious Uncertainty is a work too large in spirit to ever fit neatly under one banner.
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