Listen to the Australian Art Music playlist: December 2021

A very recent version is Fire dances performed by the Trio of Muses, an excellent album bringing together composers from all over Australia to each shape a movement. Featured this month is Cathy applegate Cycads after the fire, a short, fluid and moody fantasy that gives every performer a chance to shine. We have also Will-O-Brin through Isabelle Gerometta whose striking openness intelligently underlines the rarity of the rest of the work.

Two works that go together wonderfully in this list are Kate Moore’s Porter and Mindy Meng Wang Undercurrent. at Geneviève Lang Huppert solo performance on Porter attracts the listener, making the expansion of register and harmony all the more meaningful. This leads to the depth and silence of Undercurrent, slow and deliberate, each note and texture is felt over time. Both works create a feeling of immersive flow in which it is pleasant to get lost.

It wouldn’t be a 2021 playlist without touching on COVID, and Tristen parr Us and them, interpreted by New music ensemble Decibel, is most on the nose here, mixing the automated coronavirus hotline with the experimental musak. Stu Hunter’s the response to the pandemic and lockdowns has been his solo piano album, Beautiful things. The bass line of In her eyes she dances all the stories, our featured track on this album, matches the previous song – and has just the right mix of momentum and melancholy that I feel.

In terms of energy and movement, Andrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto captures you right off the bat for a light and bright listening experience that feels as natural as it sounds musical. The pudding walk through Masse François is another fun addition to this month’s playlist – featuring the interaction and the whole band, plus some awesome solos from Ricki malet.

Color has been a fixation for me this year, and this playlist is no exception. Heat by Ruby lulham (also known as Clear curls), not only builds beautiful textures, but showcases the tonal variety of the clarinet. Tim gray skillfully takes advantage of color, expression and a vintage piano in Lupe’s waltz, interpreted by Scott Davie and much regretted soprano Taryn fiebig. And Campbell Drummond and Kitty xiao created an absorbing sound world in their room Dialogue, with the piano a lifeline in a sea of ​​percussion and seductive electronics.

I wanted to finish talking about pieces that looked like a dream and a hope, like that of Raffaele Marcellino delicate A strange kind of paradise interpreted by Halcyon together Sirens (vocal quartet & harp), Chloe Charody’s A distant land nicely interpreted by Van-Anh Nguyen, and Luke Howard’s vast and full of hope A collective destiny. I can’t wait to see what another year of music making will be like, but I’m also ready to take a slow, deep breath before diving in.

Hope you enjoyed these Aussie Art Music playlists this year – I really enjoyed organizing them and having yet another excuse to be a curious listener. But, if you are looking more to listen, the entirety Australian Art Music Archives has also been updated on Spotify (now with over 850 pieces to check out!).