"The most extended work on the disc is Psyzgysm for solo percussionist and a mixed chamber ensemble. The outer sections of the work are often breathtakingly exciting, fusing virtuoso jazz with a Middle-Eastern melodic style. The phenomenal Pedro Carneiro as soloist describes the experience of playing Psyzygysm as 'like rushing downhill on a bike with no brakes'. Expertly engineered, edited and mixed by Steve Garden, this is another winner for the Rattle label. Anyone who’s enjoyed previous John Psathas albums is going to love this."
Zen monks and haiku poets spoke of life in terms of a transient ‘floating world’ (ukiyo), or of a dream that vanishes. In the traditional Buddhist view, our corporeal existence is one in which happening gives way to happening, illusion follows illusion, and all is no more than a phantasm, void of substance.
I borrow moonlight
Written by the haiku poet Saikaku, as he was about to die on the eighth day of the eighth month, 1730, at the age of seventy.
This CD is dedicated to the memory of Drew Menzies, colleague, inspiration, friend.
John Psathas on Ukiyo:
I’ve never thought of my music as classical. I just often use old instruments (like an orchestra). I’m equally comfortable working with Serj Tankian, Michael Brecker, and the Little Bushman as I am working with Michael Houstoun or the Halle Orchestra.
Today most of the world’s culture is a key tap away, and a great many artists have moved on from even thinking about genre or category. I guess what does make the music on this album different is the use of groove. The album presents four new percussion-centred pieces, with rhythm and groove very much to the fore.
One Study One Summary and Psyzygysm tap into the idea of groove as something that makes you want to move. But I feel powerful groove in the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life, and Bijan Chemirani’s Yunan.
RAT-D018 (April, 2010)
This project was made with the support of Victoria University, New School of Music and Creative New Zealand
Producton: John Psathas
One Summary (5:45)
Psyzygysm is dedicated to David Crossan, my guardian techno-angel. - JP
One Summary Remix (5:28)
All music published by Promethean Editions
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