Jerusalem: The Year That Was


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This is a suite of pieces that expresses my response to the the experience of living in Jerusalem in 2009/10.

The suite incorporates field recordings, rhythms and ideas from the experience.

An overview of the suite:

I - Boker Or - for String 4tet

II - The Messiah Complex - Spoken word and String 4tet

III - Kaytana - Samples of Dejen (masenqo and voice), string trio, loops plus electric guitar

IV - The Shuk - Samples of the jewish market, percussionist, piyutim, string 4tet plus electric guitar

V - Flightless Bird - Samples of Palestinian singer, string 4tet

VI - I Want To Tell You A Secret - String 4tet, percussion loops plus electric guitar

VII - Cactus. Ow - String 4tet plus child vocalist

VIII - Jerusalem Mash-Up - Samples from the String 4tet recordings, loops, electric guitar, plus some Simon Polarski wizardry in the mix.


released April 18, 2013


Electric Guitar, Spoken Word, Percussion, Field Recordings: AS

Violin I: Lachlan O’Donnell
Violin II: Lucy Warren
Viola: Ben Caddy
Violoncello: Anna Orzech

Sampled Percussion Performance: Ami Balilty, AS
Sampled Vocal Performance (Arabic): Lubna Taha
Sampled Vocal Performance (Hebrew): Kehillot Sharot (with special thanks to Yossi Ohana and Roni Ishan)
Sampled Masenqo Performance: Dejen Manchlot
Drums: Sebi Starr
Vocals: Nooshy Starr
Recording Engineer: Jarrad Gilson
Mixing Engineer: Adam Starr
Jerusalem Mashup mixed by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat, Melbourne Australia


The State Library of Victoria for the AGL Summer Fellowship which started the 'song cycle'; the University of Melbourne for making the recording possible; The Melbourne Composers League, in particular Eve Duncan and Tony Tenace; the Silo Quartet (inspired performance); Sarah Curro, Karen Kyriakou and Jo Vains (extended string techniques consultation); Sarah Taylor (dancing and choreography), Helen Herbertson (advice); Mike Hill (generosity in filming); Jarrad Gilson at Oaklands Studios; the ANAM string quartet; Dejen Manchlot, Ami Balilty, Lubna Taha, Oliver Joseph and Kehillot Sharot, Yossi Ohana and Roni Ishan; Roni and Vita Zer for their friendship and introduction to Kehillot Sharot and the piyutim; Yael Koren (Arabic translation); Simon Polarski for excellence in the mix; Shmuel Legesse (Amharic translation); Matan Franco (recording assistant); David Haberfeld (extra ears and eyes); Sebi Starr (drumming in Track 6, general inspiration); Nooshy Starr (vocals in Track 7, general inspiration); Stu Greenbaum (repeated listening and scrutiny); Melanie Plesch (Socratic enquiry); my family for general and perpetual support.



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Guitarist, composer, arranger, educator, looper, beginner at oud, practitioner of scootering, wordplay and familyhood

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