Vanishing Tekopia

by David Chesworth Ensemble

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    Music that is both a requiem to and a consequence of the process of cultural absorption and assimilation.

    The title 'Vanishing Tekopia' refers obliquely to a tiny island with a small population and distinctive culture that is slowly vanishing beneath the Pacific Ocean as global warming increases sea levels. But it also refers to many minority cultural ‘islands’ throughout the world which are under threat of vanishing, as pressures from larger environmental, political and economic forces take their toll. These include the Hmong in Laos, the Ogoni in the Niger Delta and the Naga in northern India.

    For Vanishing Tekopia, our two singers have mastered a phonetic language which are specially devised. The ensemble’s hope is that Vanishing Tekopia will be seen as both a requiem to and a consequence of the process of cultural absorption and assimilation.

    "The CD is mesmerising and surprising. One minute you want to drift off to an exotic, less frenzied place and the next it grabs your attention with its own frenzy, making you sit up and wonder. It’s not easy listening yet in the next instant it becomes heartbreakingly lyrical and beautiful..." Arts Hub

    David Chesworth - electronics
    Andrea Keeble - violin
    Helen Mountfort - cello
    John McAll - piano
    Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone, shakuhachi
    Peter Neville - vibes, marimba, kit, doumbek
    Eugene Ughetti - vibes, marimba, kit
    Robert Goodge - guitar, mandolin, tiple
    Jeremy Alsop - electric bass
    Joanne Kuluveovski – vocals
    Melissa Webb - vocals, taisho koto, bulbul tarang, kaen, auto harp

    Mixed by James Wilkinson Mastered by Lachlan Carrick CD
    Thanks to
    Melissa Webb for her cover illustrations Philip Jackson for production suggestions

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released November 28, 2014

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