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EMERALD & GARNET - information
RIVER CAVE - information
GARDENS OF STONE - information
ZARDASH (studio) - information
BLUE LABYRINTH 2 (excerpt) - information GARNET - information
THE RED HOUR - information INDELIBLE SHADOWS - information
BEWITCHMENT - information BLUE LABYRINTH - information

"Emerald & Garnet" by Amanda Handel from "Gardens of Stone" Concert

"Emerald & Garnet": Amanda Handel- piano, Michael Jackson - didjeridu. Emerald & Garnet are two pieces from "Crystal Amulet". The suite of five short movements was recorded on the album Gardens of Stone at Studios 301 Sydney, in 2012. The CD was produced by Llew Kiek.

The music contemplates the structure, colour and light within the five crystals, and ponders their growth over aeons of time. The didjeridu part in the "Crystal Amulet" suite uses a combination of the fundamental didjeridu pitch and natural overtones. These timbres and textures are integrated into the phrasing and harmonic colours of the piano score. The piano score is available through Wirripang Publications Ltd. www.australiancomposers.com.au

Filmed by Dierdre O'Connell at the "Gardens of Stone" concert on May 26th at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith.

"River Cave" by Amanda Handel from "Gardens of Stone" Concert

"River Cave": Amanda Handel- piano; Michael Jackson- Didjeridu. River Cave" by Amanda Handel, was inspired by the underground water courses and cave formations at Jenolan Caves (west of Sydney). The performance opens with a short improvisation before settling down on a regular groove, scored in an irregular time signature. The work was recorded by Amanda Handel and Michael Jackson on a CD of original works for piano, didjeridu and didjeribone titled Gardens of Stone. The album was recorded in Studios 301 Sydney in 2012, and produced by Llew Kiek.

The music is published in an album of piano works titled "Migrations in Music" by Amanda Handel. It is available through Wirripang Publications Ltd. www.australiancomposers.com.au

Filmed by Dierdre O'Connell at the "Gardens of Stone" concert on May 26th at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith.

"Gardens of Stone" by Amanda Handel from "Gardens of Stone" Concert

"Gardens of Stone": Amanda Handel- piano; Michael Jackson- Didjeridus and didjeribone. Rich musical sonorities evoke the diversity of colour and texture found in the Gardens of Stone National Park (west of Sydney). The multi-sectional structure and forward momentum of the music take the listener on a journey through this unique landscape of pagoda shaped rock forms. The music conjures the majestic views and the intricate details on the rock surfaces. This piece is the title track on the album Gardens of Stone recorded at Studios 301 Sydney, in 2012. The CD was produced by Llew Kiek.

Filmed by Dierdre O'Connell at the "Gardens of Stone" concert on May 26th at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith.

The piano score is available through Wirripang Publications Ltd. www.australiancomposers.com.au. Also arranged for string orchestra and didjeridu, the score is available at the Australian Music Centre.

"Zardash" Piano Solo from "Gardens of Stone" CD

Zardash - a piano solo, composed and performed by Amanda Handel. The clip is compiled from incidental footage from the recording sessions at Studios 301 Sydney, for the album Gardens of Stone (2012).

Zardash was written for Aaron McMillan who first recorded and performed the piece in his project: "Arc of Light". Aaron was a well celebrated young Australian pianist who tragically lost his life to a brain tumour in 2007; sadly at the height of his life and powers. The word "Zardash" dates back to the times of Zarathustra. It is the symbol of a gold disc - like a halo - signifying power, brilliance and the sun. The composition is loosely based on the Greek myth of Icarus, in his exultant and dangerous flight towards the sun.

The piano score is available through Wirripang Publications Ltd. www.australiancomposers.com.au

"Blue Labyrinth 2" (excerpt) from "Gardens of Stone" CD Launch

"Blue Labyrinth" by Amanda Handel: piano and Michael Jackson: didjeridu and didjeribone. This live performance was filmed at the "Gardens of Stone" CD launch concert in November 2012, at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains - near Sydney. The film cut shows the second half of the 10 minute piece "Blue Labyrinth". The work was recorded by Amanda and Michael on a CD of original works for piano, didjeridu and didjeribone titled "Gardens of Stone". The album was recorded in Studios 301 Sydney in 2012, and produced by Llew Kiek. The film clip shows Amanda playing with her recently broken 5th finger taped-up for the CD launch concert.

"Garnet" from "Crystal Amulet" by Amanda Handel

"Garnet" is one of five pieces from the suite "Crystal Amulet" which was recorded on the album "Gardens of Stone" at Studios 301 Sydney, in 2012. It was produced by Llew Kiek. The music invites a contemplation of the structure, colour and light within the various crystals, and their formation over aeons of time. The didjeridu part in Garnet uses a combination of the fundamental E pitch and two natural overtones. These timbres and textures are integrated into the phrasing and harmonic colours of the piano score. The score is available through Wirripang Publications Ltd. www.australiancomposers.com.au

This film clip shows Amanda with her recently broken 5th finger taped-up for the CD launch concert.

"The Red Hour" - Tientos/tangos for ensemble led by Amanda Handel

"The Red Hour" is a remembrance piece for the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca whose life and work ended when he was unlawfully executed for political reasons in 1936. The Red Hour is based on the flamenco form Tientos/tangos. It was written by Amanda Handel for an ensemble focused around the piano. The players are: Amanda Handel with Bernie White (flamenco guitar), Michael Jackson (didjeridu), Matt Handel (alto sax) and Paul Handel (percussion).This film clip is an abridged version of a 9 minute performance which features excerpts of fantastic solos given by Michael Jackson on didjeridu and by Matt Handel on alto sax. The performance was given in conjunction with "Ghosts and Angels" in their 2008 Sydney concert.

"Indelible Shadows" - Seguiriyas for ensemble led by Amanda Handel

"Indelible Shadows" is a composition based on the Flamenco form Seguiriyas written by Amanda Handel (piano) in collaboration with Bernie White (flamenco guitar). The other ensemble players are: Matt Handel on alto sax, Paul Handel on bass guitar & trumpet and Michael Jackson playing didjeribone. This film clip is an abridged version of the 11 minute performance given in conjunction with "Ghosts and Angels" in their 2008 Sydney concert. The final section features a very exciting saxophone solo by Matt Handel.

"Bewitchment"- Amanda Handel and GL Seiler collaboration in concert

This live performance of "Bewitchment" comes from the album "Ghosts and Angels". It features Amanda Handel (piano), Greg Seiler (electronics and samples), Michael Jackson (didjeridu) and Paul Handel (bass). The samples Greg manipulates on stage are of acoustic origin, recorded by Amanda on locations in Spain - for example: church bells and fountains. Instrumental sounds were sourced from inside the piano and the trumpet. There are phrases from the poem "y Después" by Federico Garcia Lorca. Michael Jackson played didjeridu in the 2008 Sydney concert as a guest artist with "Ghosts and Angels".

"Blue Labyrinth" Amanda Handel and Michael Jackson collaboration.

This film clip is an excerpt from a collaborative work titled "Blue Labyrinth" by Amanda Handel: piano, and Michael Jackson: didjeridu and didjeribone. This excerpt starts in the central section, plays until theme returns, then cuts to the last phrase. The thematic material on didjeribone is written by Michael. This live performance was given in a concert with "Ghosts and Angels" in Sydney, 2008. The full 10 minute score of "Blue Labyrinth" has now been recorded by Amanda and Michael on the album Gardens of Stone, 2012 (original works for piano, didjeridu and didjeribone). A special arrangement of the piece was recorded for the sound track of the AV installation in the theatre at the World Heritage Visitors Centre in the Mt Tomah Botanic Garden (Sydney).