Vicissitudes came about after Festival Director Philip Tremewan suggested I write a piece for the people of Christchurch after their devastating earthquake. The idea was to somehow combine the disparate worlds of jazz and classical music to show the resilience of the human spirit when faced with seemingly overwhelming obstacles.
I decided on a set of variations to explore the contrast between the classically honed sensibilities of NZTrio with the more unpredictable approach of my jazz trio, setting-up tensions throughout the piece that are finally (and exuberantly) resolved in the last variation.
This recording includes some group improvisations from the session, plus a solo piece (El Testamen De Amelia) recorded several years ago at the Sydney Opera House studio.
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Vicissitudes recorded live at Christchurch Arts Festival
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Mike Nock Trio
MIke Nock (piano)
Brett Hirst (bass)
James Waples (drums)
Justine Cormack (violin)
Ashley Brown (cello)
Sarah Watkins (piano)