Nine Fathom Deep
7:00 PM19:00

Nine Fathom Deep

Join Thea Rossen (Percussion) and Luke Carbon (Bass Clarinet) as they present a program of works that evoke epic journeys on the ocean. With pieces by Samantha Wolf, Toru Takemitsu, Thea Rossen and Elliot Cooper Cole, the program will feature the world premiere of 'The Sea Meets Infinity' by Paul Dean, a work commissioned especially for this concert.

The venue with its nautical history, is a unique dome shape that lends itself to an intimate concert experience.

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Elliot Cole - Journals

Originally for cello and guitar, US composer Elliot Cole has rearranged this work for bass clarinet and marimba for Enyato.

“I’ve been writing more and more music quickly, in a notebook, when I’m in transit or have to kill time somewhere. It’s a great way to make time fly. It lends itself to music I can sing in my head, so I’ve been writing much more melodically. I’m working on an album of guitar and cello duets this way called Journals.”

Thea Rossen - Sounds of the Reef (2015)

Rossen translates the data from a temperature graph into a set of pitches which represent each year of ocean surface temperatures since 1900. Throughout the piece, the set of pitches undergo a number of musical treatments including timbral and dynamic shifts and harmonisation with sections of improvisation. The soundscape accompanying the music is a collection of fish song recordings made by Associate Professor Robert McCauley of Curtin University on the Scott Reef, a section of the Great Barrier Reef. The reefs of the world are at risk of irreversible damage due to rising ocean temperatures and acidification caused by global warming. Sounds of the Reef is a reminder of what we stand to lose if we do not act now.

Originally written in 2015 for vibraphone and cello, tonight’s performance features a new arrangement for bass clarinet and vibraphone.

Samantha Wolf - Out of the Depths (2018)

“In 2018, I was approached by the ridiculously talented Enyato Duo about a commission from Stephen Whately, a philanthropist equally passionate about the arts and the environment. The resulting piece, 'Out of the Depths' seeks to integrate these two spheres. Inspired by Thea's work with melting ice, the neck of the bass clarinet is filled with water, and much of the work's sonic material is drawn from the sounds of water lapping and gurgling as it tries to escape from its musical tomb. The water dissipates as the piece progresses, gradually revealing the rich tones that had been lurking underneath; this is mirrored in the percussion's gradual trajectory from unpitched to pitched sound.”

Toru Takemitsu - Toward the Sea (1981)

The oldest work on tonight's program, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea for alto flute and guitar (played tonight on alto flute and five-octave marimba) was written in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Whales campaign. Its theme and title of it three movements, The Night, Moby Dick, and Cape Cod, are taken from Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick, and Takemitsu found particular relevance in the passage "Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries...and he will infallibly lead you to water.... Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded together.".

It is based on the motive E flat, E natural, A. In German notation these notes are "Es, E, A," spelling the English word "SEA."  

Paul Dean - The sea meets infinity (2019)

“You wake to a rolling sea, gentle at first but very aware that the tempest is close. The mist covers the horizon and masks the danger ahead. You get battered, bruised and violently catapulted around. You lie, in the cold and dark waiting for the decent into nothing.”

Commissioned with the support of Robert Gibbs, Tony Wildman, Jacqueline Capell, Lorna Capell, and Frank Carbon.

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