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Salome
Michael Askill
Salome
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Michael Askill teams up with choreographer Graeme Murphy for a second dance production with The Sydney Dance Company. After the successful theatrical collaboration on Free Radicals, the pair was eager to continue the new d...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michael Askill
Title: Salome
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Black Sun Records
Original Release Date: 11/5/1998
Re-Release Date: 12/8/1998
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: Australia & New Zealand, Meditation, Relaxation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711503128

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Album Description
Michael Askill teams up with choreographer Graeme Murphy for a second dance production with The Sydney Dance Company. After the successful theatrical collaboration on Free Radicals, the pair was eager to continue the new direction of their respective arts and explore further the blurring boundaries between dancers and musicians - dance and music.The dark story of Salome, the infamous daughter of Kind Herod, has fascinated many for centuries. Her equally infamous dance with John the Baptist's head is the setting for the music composed by Michael. Salome is the original score for this evocative production featuring Michael Askill and percussionist David Hewitt playing a variety of bells, gongs and drums (on stage they are accompanied by the dancers) and pre-recorded pieces with Omar Faruk Tekbilek's chanting which evoke a sensual, evocative atmosphere and combined create an ancient Middle Eastern ambience.Michael Askill has created a contemporary fusion of haunting vocals and mystical flutes with rhythms and percussion sounds inspired by the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Voice is used to symbolize John the Baptist while instruments represent the voice of the other characters, such as the ney flute for Salome, the zurna (a wild kind of oboe) for Herod, and the use of instruments for the drunken harem."The music has an incredible richness to it - which is quite deceptive when you think of the [limited] resources we have to do it - and a very different feel to anything we have done before." (Graeme Murphy)"It's great having the dancers as musicians - they have no fear of picking up instruments and hitting them and they have no problem understanding musical language. It is very wholistic having them threaded through the story and the music and it gives us a fuller sound and more variety in the music produced on stage." (Michael Askill)
 

CD Reviews

The Other Salome
Mick McAllister | 05/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Strauss' *Salome* may be the best opera ever written. Certainly it is mile ahead of anything of Wagner, even judged by Wagner's own criteria. The "dead pretty girl" is a heck of a lot more interesting than any of "dead pretty girl" specialist Puccini's heroines and victims. Only Verdi, in *Otello*, comes close to the unified brilliance of Strauss' masterpiece.And the only thing I can imagine that might embellish that masterpiece would be a treatment with authentic Middle Eastern music. Well, here it is. Relying on regional instrumentation, Michael Askill has created a gem of an alternative to Strauss' Freudian nightmare, a ballet suite for belly dancers. It won't replace the master, but it's good stuff, indeed."