Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Dave Douglas writes a brand new suite for Monash Art Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra including some of Melbourne's finest players.
Scored for four winds, four brass, four strings, and four percussion, inducing electronics, Fabliaux introduces new language into the vernacular of contemporary improvised music, looking forward while looking back.
Fabliaux draw inspiration from composers of the early 14th century French Ars Nova, most notably Guillaume De Machaut. Using ideas of hocket, isorhythm, ad modal counterpoint as points of departure, Fabliaux takes the players on a journey into unimagined territory.
Improvisation mixes with timbre and structure in unexpected ways, with the Australian orchestra meeting the American trumpeter on the fertile ground of exploration and discovery.
Composer: Paul Grabowsky.
Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet); Geoff Hughes (guitar); Elizabeth Sellers (violin); Will Martina (cello); Lachlan Davidson (flute, clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone); Rob Burke (clarinet, alto saxophone); Mirko Guerrini (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Paul Cornelius (tenor saxophone); Ben Harrison, Niran Dasika (trumpet); Jordan Murray (trombone); Paul Grabowsky (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kieran Rafferty (drums); Craig Beard (percussion); Peter Knight , Peter Knight (electronics).
Audio Mixer: Ross Cockle.
Recording information: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Cl (03/15/2014/03/16/2014); Sir Zelman Cowen Schoolof Music Monash University, Clay (03/15/2014/03/16/2014); Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Cl (03/15/2015/03/16/2015); Sir Zelman Cowen Schoolof Music Monash University, Clay (03/15/2015/03/16/2015).