Tim Shawcross Septet
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Album Cover - From Your Soul Shall I Part

From Your Soul Shall I Part
Newmarket (NEW3213.2)

Recorded September 2005
at Wild Dog Hill Studios, St Andrews.

Mixed by Chris Corr
Mastered by Chris Corr and Adam Dempsey

Available from : www.newmarketmusic.com

Track Listing:

  1. I Remember Billy
  2. Whispers on the Breeze
  3. Up, Down, Strange, Charm, Top and Bottom
  4. A Waltz Mistaken
  5. Looking for a Day Job
  6. A Strange Tale
  7. From Your Soul Shall I Part


Linear Notes from the Album:

Sandro Donati and Judy Jacques made this album possible, through their sponsorship of the Eltham Jazz and Blues Festival’s Original Composition Award, which I won in 2005. The winning entry, A Waltz Mistaken, is documented on this album. A Waltz Mistaken was written in 2003 for my Septet, which had until this recording project, been in hiatus. Discovering that the majority of musicians that I had previously worked with were either no longer available or overseas, I had to more or less reform the ensemble completely anew for this recording. Having these new musicians working with older material of mine was a fascinating process. Different ensembles and musicians inevitably interpret scores differently; the end result of this ensemble’s reading of my music was completely different from anything I’d heard out of these compositions previously. Given that I myself had not worked with this music for two years, I felt that I was also discovering it for the first time along with my fellow musicians. This, for me, gave the project a freshness that has been extremely invigorating. I have spent the last 18 months of my life finishing my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Melbourne. This album was recorded just a month before I submitted my final folio for examination. Whilst the last 18 months have been immensely rewarding, coming back to work and play with the septet, an improvising ensemble, having spent such a long time in the world of completely notated music, has been a liberating experience.

I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout the years, Julie for her love, Tony Hicks and Stuart Greenbaum for teaching me, Sandro Donati and Judy Jacques for their kind donation of their time, studio, wine and cooking, Chris Corr for his skills at the mixing desk, Adam Dempsey for mastering the album, and to all the musicians who have in the past worked with my septet, but couldn’t be involved in the making of this album.

Finally I’d liked to thank all the musicians that have worked on this album, within whose company I’ve felt immensely privileged to be, and who I look forward to continuing to work and perform with in the future.

- Tim Shawcross, December 2005


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