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Release Date: March 11, 2016

Catalog #: RR7924

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

1  Song of the Central Tree (2010)

Keith Harrison, lyrics

Sten Ivar Frydenlund, conductor | Ron Nagorcka, basso profondo & MIDI keyboard; Ole Jørgen Melhus, trombone; Nina Sautherhaug, contralto; Håkan Henriksen, double bass

 

2  Fly away home (2010)

Sten Ivar Frydenlund, trumpet; David Scott Hamnes, pipe organ

 

3  Downunder Dance (2005)

Håkan Henriksen, double bass; Ron Nagorcka, didjeridu

 

4  Five Limit Fugue (2008)

David Scott Hamnes & Ron Nagorcka, MIDI keyboard

 

5  Ceremonial Song for the Cleansing of the Wind (2013)

Keith Harrison, lyrics

Ron Nagorcka, basso profondo; Ole Jørgen Melhus, trombone; didjeridu & MIDI keyboard

 

6  The Early Harmonic Adventures of Septimus Mean (2009)

David Scott Hamnes, pipe organ; Ron Nagorcka, MIDI keyboard

 

7  Septimus confronts Equality (2012)

Sten Ivar Frydenlund, conductor | David Scott Hamnes,

Brita Sjöberg, Thomas Grubb, pipe organs (3 players, 2 organs); Ron Nagorcka, MIDI keyboard

 

8  The Japanese Windbell (2010)

Keith Harrison, lyrics

Nina Sautherhaug, contralto; David Scott Hamnes, pipe organ

 

9  To be a pilgrim (2006)

Ron Nagorcka, didjeridu; David Scott Hamnes, pipe organ;

Ole Jørgen Melhus, trombone

 

10  I am like a heron (1999/2015)

Peter Bamford, lyrics

Ron Nagorcka, basso profondo & MIDI keyboard

 

 

Credits

 

Tracks 1 – 8 recorded October 7-9, 2014 in the Steinkjer kirke, Norway

 

Session producer and engineer

Thomas Grubb, Mano Musica

 

Track 9 recorded June 10, 2007 at the Ilen kirke, Trondheim, Norway

 

Session producer and engineer

Ron Nagorcka

 

Track 10 recorded July 24, 2015 at

St Fidelis Church, Moreland, Victoria, Australia

 

Session producer and engineer

Thomas Grubb, Mano Musica

 

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Mastering Engineer Shaun Michaud

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Emily Roulo

A&R Alex Bourne

Marketing Manager Ethan Fortin

 

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

NATURE

The City Of Tomorrow

 

SONG OF THE

CENTRAL TREE

Ron Nagorcka

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

On his debut release on Ravello Records, SONG OF THE CENTRAL TREE, enigmatic Australian composer Ron Nagorcka presents an eclectic collection of his chamber and electroacoustic works that highlight his affinity and aptitude for creating complex and asymmetrical rhythmic patterns, utilizing just intonation, and, in a number of works, reflecting the Australian landscape.

 

Nagorcka’s intricate cross-rhythms, use of the didjeridu and microtonal melodies reflect the influence of Australian indigenous culture, while the theory behind the rich contrapuntal and harmonic textures he achieves using microtones has roots in ancient Greece and Asia as well as medieval and renaissance Europe.

 

He uses unique instrument combinations, including organ, MIDI keyboard, and didjeridu in a number of his pieces. Nagorcka focuses his writing on intricate rhythms, rich harmonic textures, and unique instrument combinations, using organ, MIDI keyboard, and didjeridu in a number of his pieces. Some of the works such as the title track (2010), Ceremonial Song for the Cleansing of the Wind (2013), and I Am Like a Heron (1999/2015) process vocal lines, play birdsongs, or provide solid harmonic foundations through the programming of MIDI keyboards. These and other pieces show Nagorcka as a champion of just intonation and other archaic temperaments, including “meantone,” a tuning used until the 18th century. The composer shows that just intonation can undergo significant modulation and fugue-like forms in Five-Limit Fugue (2008).

 

Music critic Roz Cheney from the Journal of the Australian Music Centre praises Nagorcka’s works:  “These pieces have complex rhythms; they are sometimes dense in texture and have beautiful harmonies. [This is music] that repays repeated listening.” The elaborate layers of expressive harmonies, rhythmic diversity, and rich timbres in Nagorcka’s music offers the listener a dynamic aural world that waits to be explored.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

New Classics UK describe Nagorcka’s music as “... brilliantly effective electronic manipulation ... fascinating ... [and] unique”

 

“Libretto,” a series on Australia’s 3MBS FM, calls Nagorcka’s works “... sensuous rather than cerebral ... most rewarding ... [and] strongly recommended”

 

The composer recently has been collaborating with musicians in Norway including expatriate Australian organist David Scott Hamnes. Hamnes and Nagorcka perform together regularly, both in Tasmania and Trondheim

 

In 2013 a group of Norwegian musicians presented concerts of Nagorcka’s music in Trondheim and Steinkjer and in 2014 they returned to the Steinkjer Church make most of these recordings

 

Nagorcka’s music is featured on the Navona compilations HEAVY PEDAL (2011), CLAVIATURES (2011), and FELT (2015)

 

Nagorcka studied composition and electronic music at Melbourne University and the University of California San Diego in the 1970s

 

ADDITIONAL ALBUM CONTENT AVAILABLE ONLINE

Liner notes biographies, and more are available at:

 

www.ravellorecords.com/songofthecentraltree

 

BIOGRAPHY

Ron Nagorcka’s music has been described as out there!; wondrous; fascinating; unique; deeply satisfying; sensuous rather than cerebral ... most rewarding; passionate, reflective and witty; strong, sensitive and fun to play; distinctive.

 

Visitors to Ron Nagorcka and his naturalist partner Sarah Lloyd generally prefer to leave their vehicle at the bottom of their notorious track and walk almost three kilometers to

the forest clearing where they live in their hand-built house. Here in Tasmania, the island state off the southern coast of Australia, Nagorcka composes in his solar powered studio.

 

Nagorcka (b.1948) studied composition and electronic music at Melbourne University and the University of California San Diego. During his student days he learnt to play the didjeridu which he began to incorporate into his music.

 

During the 1970s and 80s he was active as a  composer and performer in Melbourne where he co-founded and directed the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, a venue for many emerging musicians – from avant-garde to punk.

 

He also taught composition and electronic music at the Melbourne State College. Some

of his compositions from that time such as the seminal Atom Bomb for voices, cassette tape-recorders and toy instruments, Sanctus for organ, didjeridu and voices and In the beginning of what exactly for percussion, have been revived recently with performances in Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Trondheim.

 

Nagorcka moved to Tasmania in 1988. While building his own house and studio, he also retuned an Ensoniq keyboard sampler (since replaced by a MIDI keyboard controlling  audio software) to play in just intonation, and began seriously to explore the possibilities of this tuning which introduces new and strangely “in-tune” consonances based on the higher harmonics of the harmonic series. He has been exploring this ever since and just intonation remains his preferred harmonic idiom.

 

Nagorcka performs regularly with musicians and artists in Tasmania, has given concerts in many countries, and has produced several solo albums. Much of his recent activity has been in Norway where he collaborates with expatriate Australian organist David Scott Hamnes. Hamnes and Nagorcka perform together regularly, both in Tasmania and Trondheim, and have developed a large and diverse repertoire involving a variety of musicians from that musically active city.

 

In 2013 a group of these Norwegian musicians presented concerts of Nagorcka’s music in Trondheim and Steinkjer. In 2014 they returned to the Steinkjer Church with its two large pipe organs and impressive acoustics to make these recordings.

 

 

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