The Colour of Woods is a playful, driving piece for marimba and temple blocks. The timbre of the registers of the marimba and its muted D key alongside the temple blocks create the wide palette which the Colour of Woods explores. Wood also generates a pitch when it’s used in percussion creating 5 ‘out of tune’ notes from the temple blocks to additionally colour the composition.
The piece, written for (and being premiered by) percussionist Claire Edwardes was inspired by her style of performance. The various metres used, the cross-rhythms, and the phrasing seek to emulate the wonderful experience of watching Claire play with such physicality the pieces seem choreographed, not just performed.
Composer Bio: Cameron Lam (b.1989)
Cameron is a Sydney-based composer and artistic administrator who, over the last six years, as President of the Sydney Eclectic Composers Society (2007-2009) and Artistic Director of hybrid-art production company, Kammerklang (2009, ongoing), has commissioned and presented over 150 new musical works by young and emerging Australian composers. While completing his Bachelor of Music Composition degree (with Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cameron worked with a range of university groups as well as stage managing for Ensemble Offspring, Electrofringe, Newcastle’s “This Is Not Art” Festival, and Sydney’s vocal chamber music specialists, Halcyon.
As a composer, Cameron has written for a variety of ensembles, from intimate chamber music to large scale works for voices and orchestra, to varying degrees of acclaim. Orphic Hymn #3: Nyx (Night) was winner of the University of Sydney’s 2009 PALM People’s Choice Award, while Orphic Hymn #9: Selene (The Moon) was commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts to be premiered by Kammerklang and Halcyon in 2010. Cameron is currently completing his first concerto, entitled Electric Phoenix, composed for EWI (wind synthesiser) and orchestra, for long-time collaborator Peter Smith.
from Kammerklang: Alpha
released January 29, 2013
Composer: Cameron Lam
Solo Percussion: Claire Edwardes
Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Recorded for Kammerklang 2009