FLYING is the 8th album of mine to be released in my "10 albums in 10 years" project. The music for FLYING was inspired by a poem written by the Tasmanian poet Di Adams. The poem is about discovering you can fly - and so all of the pieces were written with the ideas of flight in mind.
The creative restriction I set on myself during this project was to compose and arrange all the music up in the air at 35,000 ft, away from any instruments, while flying back and forth to work each week.
This is the first time I've composed for, and recorded with, a chamber ensemble - so expect something very different from this recording. It's a coming together of composed orchestral sounds from the ensemble, and me improvising, weaving melodies in and out of the music.
I hope you enjoy it...
released October 23, 2018
Spike Mason - soprano saxophone
The Sirius Chamber Ensemble
Melissa Coleman - flute
Alex Fontaine - oboe
Ian Sykes - clarinet
Alison Evans - bassoon
Gareth Lewis - trombone
Claire Howard Race - piano
Vanessa Tammetta - violin
Luke Spicer - viola
Steve Meyer - cello
Produced by Spike Mason.
All compositions and arrangements by Spike Mason.
Recorded on the 25th-27th of June 2017 by Ross A'hern in the Coote Theatre at The Scots College.
Mixed on the 22nd-24th of October 2017 by Ross A'hern in the Chapel of Sound.
Mastered on the 30th of March 2018 by Paul Bryant in the Chapel of Sound.
"Please make me into a bird" drawing by Jill Patrick.
Artwork by Heather Bradbury.
Special thanks to
Lea, Yeri, Chengers, Andrew Smith, Ben Yonker, and The Bear.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.