Pratt's Alchemy

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Daryl Pratt: Works for Percussion

This recording contains percussion compositions by master percussionist Daryl Pratt. Pratt is one of the Australia’s finest vibraphonists in both classical and jazz contexts, as well as being a sought-after general percussionst. He teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium, and manages to find time to write these beautiful and challenging works for his instruments.

In Alchemy we can hear that Pratt has produced an exciting blend of jazz and classical elements, performed brilliantly by Synergy Percussion with jazz luminaries saxophonist Dale Barlow, pianist Mike Nock and drummer Chad Wackerman.

The newest work on this CD, Bundanon Landscape, captures the beauty of the Shoalhaven River on the NSW South Coast at Bundanon (the estate of artist Arthur Boyd, now an Australian artist’s retreat where Match was in residence in 2003).

A CD of Pratt’s music would be incomplete without music for vibraphone, and the two works included here show the virtuosity inherent in Pratt’s approach to his instrument.

Fantasy showcases Synergy Percussion, the phenomenal contemporary group
that celebrated 30 years of performance in 2004.

This CD has been funded by the Music Fund of the Australia Council.


Fantasy - Synergy Percussion (Michael Askill, Ian Cleworth, Alison Eddington, Colin Piper)
Villa Montezuma - Daryl Pratt: vibraphone
Bundanon Landscape - Match: Daryl Pratt & Alison Eddington
Web Spinner - Alison Eddington: vibraphone
Alchemy - Dale Barlow: tenor saxophone, Mike Nock: piano, Chad Wackerman: drum kit, Synergy Percussion: Michael Askill, Tim Constable, Alison Eddington, Phil South