Sadie Harrison - The Rosegarden of Light | Toccata Classics TOCC0342

Sadie Harrison - The Rosegarden of Light


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0342

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th May 2016



This album is the fruit of a remarkable collaborative project, a kind of ‘Malala in music’. Here the students – some of them orphans and street vendors – of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul meet the US string sextet Cuatro Puntos. The student musicians include a ground-breaking girls’ ensemble – a remarkable achievement, given the conditions prevailing in contemporary Afghanistan.

They play both western and traditional Afghan instruments, and in Sadie Harrison’s Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light, they perform Afghan songs and dances which Harrison’s music then explores and develops. Kevin Bishop’s arrangements of Afghan tunes likewise link east and west.

This recording is evidence of a visionary venture celebrating the power of music to transform lives as it also revives and rebuilds Afghan musical traditions.

Sadie Harrison was made a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London, in recognition of her unique research-based integration of contemporary composition and traditional Afghan music. In the same year a CD of her chamber music from Toccata Classics was described in The Observer as ‘a disc of glittering intensity’. Sadie Harrison has a unique career-path: alone among composers as a former archaeologist, she now also works part-time as a gardener.

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