The Australian Art Orchestra – Water Pushes Sand (2017)

The Australian Art Orchestra - Water Pushes Sand (2017)
Artist: The Australian Art Orchestra
Album: Water Pushes Sand
Genre: Ethnic Jazz
Origin: Australia / China
Released: 2017
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Joy At The Sunrise (4:47)
Here Come The Waves (6:27)
Rivers Of Bicycles (5:31)
Forgotten Streets (8:16)
Bandong Chant (7:03)
Clouds In White (6:11)
Mapo Tofu (4:27)
Remember Harry (5:25)
Water Pushes Sand (3:10)
Changing Faces (4:28)
Joy At The Sunrise (Reprise) (3:42)

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There is so much vibrancy and life to this embrace between the folk music of China’s Sichuan Province and that of Melbourne, Australia. Framed in a context of jazz and classical expressionism, Water Pushes Sand has a rich voice that takes to the skies and soars. This project began after Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson of the Australian Art Orchestra became captivated by the culture of Chengdu and began collaborating with local musicians. Collaborations became live performances and those, in turn, led to this 2017 release.

At times a jazz-classical epic, other times a jaunty operatic stage show, this music’s range of expressions spans as much distance as the lands from which the music originates. And as thrilling and dramatic as it grows at times, there are just as many instances when it’s whimsical and catchy.

Just an absolutely gorgeous recording.