David Keeffe

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The Undone Years - Fire - Sydney - April 3 2011

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I and the family drove from Melbourne to Sydney (and back) for the weekend of the 2nd-3rd April to hear the first performance of The Undone Years - Fire with Jason X and the Bourbaki ensemble under David Angell.

We were most impresssed. Jason gave a totally different performance, balancing the percussive transparency of the string sounds and producing some magical whispers. The ensemble were clearly on the edge of their seats, and clearly had put a lot of work into understanding the music.

I'm almost prepared to say these two versions are different works, even though they share all the musical material and soloist. The Fire/Flood contrast is a significant expressive difference.


The Undone Years - Flood - 26 February 2011

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It was an honour to hear Jason Xanthoudakis with the Grainger Wind Symphony under Roland Yeung perform The Undone Years.

It's clear that it is a difficult work to master for both soloist and band, so my thanks to all who put the work in to create such an effective performance. Jason's playing made it sound effortless, which of course is the aim of any great player!

With new works, the listener often has a tough time knowing where to start. We can't ignore how much familiarity with a style assists in the appreciation of works. So I really appreciated Catherine Keeffe's engaging introduction, setting the scene and "telling the story" to an attentive and sizeable audience.

My being present at the rehearsals I suspect wasn't always helpful - but I had the chance to make some minor revisions for subsequent performances. Let's hope there are many!

The tenor sax has a much smaller repertoire than the alto, so I hope that this work will find its place.


Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2011 14:24