Friday, 12 March 2010 21:00

The Book of Hours - love poems to God

The first performance of Spike Mason’s long-awaited new work - a significant new Australian composition for jazz sextet: Spike Mason (saxophones, composer), Henri Peipman (piano) Kristin Berardi (vocals), gareth lewis (trombone), gillian smith (violin), steve elphick (double bass)

Friday 12th March 2010

The Book of Hours - love poems to God

A new song cycle by Spike Mason
based on the poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

rilke song cycle

This performance will be recorded as the first step towards attracting funding for the recording and touring of the work. 
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"I spent a year and a half researching and reading prayers and poems. Finally I found in Rilke a refreshingly honest commentary on the mystery of the God-mankind relationship, beautifully written and free of cliché." Spike Mason

"I have been looking for a project with a spiritual component, and the first time i sung through these compositions i knew it was perfect." Kristin Berardi

"You can’t get in the way of this text - my playing has to cushion and support these lyrics all the way through." Henri Peipman

"These luminous verses, written a century ago when the poet was in his early twenties, have woven through my life, my thought. What a joy, at last, to render them in English." Joanna Macy (translator)

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