New work: ‘Between Worlds’ for string quartet and saxophone

by Jeremy on April 4, 2013

Jeremy Rose and Nick Russoniello

Well done to saxophonist Nick Russoniello (pictured above) and Sydney Camerata Quartet on doing a great job of performing my new work ‘Between Worlds’ last weekend on ABC Classic FM.

If you missed out and want to hear it (or want to listen to it again!), it will be available online for the next three weeks.

Between Worlds

String Quartet and Saxophone

Between Worlds was written for string quartet and saxophone and draws impetus from the experience of second generation immigrants – commonly described as ‘being caught between two worlds’ – as they face challenges of an ever shifting sense of self whilst facing pressure to conserve their country of origin’s culture. The work was also inspired by the composer’s recent overseas touring and studying through Greece, Germany, Norway, Cuba and Dominican Republic. Rose’s background as a jazz saxophonist and familiarity with the instrument has combined with his compositional skill sets to create a work for the saxophone that is virtuosic and improvisatory-like.

The work expands the composers exploration of the potential interactions between art music and world music paradigms. Rose’s recent studies of Balkan Brass music at a week long workshop in northern Greece in 2013 helped shape cross-cultural/genre issues in the music such as improvisation, rhythmic vitality and folk melodic invention. The cross-cultural significance of the work stems from melodic material adapted from a Greek folk melody ‘Mirkov Cocek’, however is shifted and expanded to encompass a new context of contemporary harmony and melodic dexterity. This work is the first Rose has composed for String Quartet, drawing influences from Debussy, Ravel, and Peter Sculthorpe.

This work will be performed by Sydney Camerata Quartet and saxophonist Nick Russoniello.

Thursday 11 April 2013: Newcastle Conservatorium lunchtime series

Sunday 28 April 2013: ABC Sunday Live broadcast from Penrith Joan Sutherland PAC, 3pm. More info on ABC website.



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