East-West Encounters | Cameo Classics CC9018CD

East-West Encounters

Label: Cameo Classics

Cat No: CC9018CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd June 2014



Dreamtiger is an ensemble of international soloists in demand for their performances of classical music as well as modern repertoire, working with major modern composers including Xenakis, Pousseur, Crumb, Wolff, Sciarrino and Febel. The name ‘Dreamtiger’ comes from a short story about artistic creativity (Spanish title ‘El Hacedor) by Jorge Luis Borges.

It is reported that the island of Sri Lanka, off the coast of India, was sending ambassadors to the Greek and Roman courts as early as the 1st century BC. Reciprocal influences that scholars have detected between Indian and classical Greek art may lead us to speculate on a time when the music of the Orient and the Occident music were as one.

Whatever their common origins, the respective worlds of Asian and Occidental music moved to opposite poles during the ensuing millennia. Nevertheless, Colonial expansion was bound to bring a cultural awakening in the course of time, even if it first resulted only in tobacco, tea and spices. From ‘fairy lands forlorn’ to Mallarme’s brise marine, from Rousseau’s ‘noble savage’ to Gauguin, from Walden pond to a house in Sayan – these are but short steps.

Many have seen the turning point as that day, nearly a century ago, when Debussy encountered an Indonesian gamelan at the 1889 International Exhibition in Paris. He did not endear himself to his contemporaries by commenting that beside Asian percussion instruments, those of the West produce the noise of a travelling circus. It was 40 years before the first composer of the Western world actually went to live in Indonesia for the sole purpose of learning a new musical language. His name was Colin McPhee.

- Kathryn Lukas, flute
- Rohan de Saram, cello
- Douglas Young, piano and percussion
- Peter Hill, piano

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