Release Date: November 9, 2018
Catalog #: RR8000
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
Percussion
Piano

Concertante

Modern Works for Guitar

Campbell Ross composer, guitar
Gerardo Dirié composer
Ariel Dirié composer

Campbell Ross guitar
Dave Mibus piano
Lachlan Symons bass
James Whiting drums & percussion
Benjamin Greaves violin
Matthew Ryan viola
Ngaio Toombes cello

While New Zealand guitarist and composer Campbell Ross cites influences as varied as Claude Bolling, Manuel Ponce and Benjamin Britten when discussing the works featured on CONCERTANTE, it is clear that his own distinctive style is manifested throughout the album. The first of CONCERTANTE’s Modern Works For Guitar opens with the three-movement Concertante for guitar, jazz trio and strings – a work that allows all of the album’s performers to be featured as soloists. Its kaleidoscopic first movement reveals elements of Latin, Blues, Jazz, and Classical genres that, when combined with the Spanish touches in the final movement, encompass the major musical styles that have influenced Ross over the past 30 years. The two sets of Variations on the album reflect his life-long admiration for the McCartney/Lennon oeuvre. While playing homage to “Norwegian Wood” and “World Without Love,” both pieces fall more to the improvisatory end of the compositional scale.

The second CD, which features works written by Gerardo and Ariel Dirié, is a disc filled with modern guitar works that have never before been recorded. Ross first presents a series of pieces written by Ariel Dirié, who passed in 2010, leaving behind a collection of works, some of which are light and some of which are dark, some playful and some serious. The final three works on the album form a triptych, Si un dia el Olvido (If one day oblivion…), which “gather different evocations of time.” The triptych’s final movement, echoes the closing track on the first CD, delicately brushing on Lennon and McCartney’s “World Without Love.”

CONCERTANTE reflects both the interpretive and written skills of Ross, who performs each piece with equal parts energy and sensitivity.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
DISC ONE - THE MUSIC OF CAMPBELL ROSS
01 Concertante for Guitar, Jazz Trio & Strings: I. Moderato Campbell Ross Dave Mibus, piano; Lachlan Symons, bass; James Whiting, drums & percussion; Benjamin Greaves, violin; Matthew Ryan, viola; Ngaio Toombes, cello 9:03
02 Concertante for Guitar, Jazz Trio & Strings: II. Rumba Campbell Ross Dave Mibus, piano; Lachlan Symons, bass; James Whiting, drums & percussion; Benjamin Greaves, violin; Matthew Ryan, viola; Ngaio Toombes, cello 4:44
03 Concertante for Guitar, Jazz Trio & Strings: III. Allegro Campbell Ross Dave Mibus, piano; Lachlan Symons, bass; James Whiting, drums & percussion; Benjamin Greaves, violin; Matthew Ryan, viola; Ngaio Toombes, cello 4:31
04 Sonata for Solo Guitar: I. Moderato con movido Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 5:55
05 Sonata for Solo Guitar: II. Larghetto sostenuto (Homage to Franz Schubert) Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 5:49
06 Sonata for Solo Guitar: III. Andante solemne Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 3:12
07 Sonata for Solo Guitar: IV. Rondo. Allegro Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 3:57
08 Variations No. 2 (On Norwegian Wood) Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 7:46
09 Variations No. 3 (On World Without Love) Campbell Ross Campbell Ross, guitar 8:44
DISC TWO - THE MUSIC OF ARIEL DIRIÉ & GERARDO DIRIÉ
01 Morning (Arr. C. Ross) Ariel Dirié, arr. Ross Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 0:48
02 Mesurando y Dalias Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 5:35
03 10 Estudios: No. 1, Moderato Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:22
04 10 Estudios: No. 2, Con brio Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:58
05 10 Estudios: No. 3, Tango Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 3:38
06 10 Estudios: No. 4, Tango Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:59
07 10 Estudios: No. 5, Moderato Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 2:56
08 10 Estudios: No. 6, Allegretto Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:28
09 10 Estudios: No. 7, Carnavalito Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:48
10 10 Estudios: No. 8, Carnavalito Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 1:49
11 10 Estudios: No. 9, Litoraleña Ariel Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 4:27
12 10 Estudios: No. 10, Chacarera ­- Dusk (Arr. R. Campbell) Ariel Dirié, arr. Ross Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 2:15
13 Si un Día el Olvido...: The Weightless Pillow Gerardo Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 4:03
14 Si un Día el Olvido...: Il radio feriva il tempo Gerardo Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 2:53
15 Si un Día el Olvido...: Si un Día el Olvido Gerardo Dirié Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 6:45
16 Evening (Arr. C. Ross) Gerardo Dirié, arr. Ross Campbell Ross, guitar; James Whiting, percussion 0:59

Recorded and Mastered on January 23, April 10, and May 20, 2018 at Alchemix Recording Studios in Brisbane, Australia
Recording Engineer Marly Lüske
Disc 1: tracks 1-3, 8, 9 and Disc 2: tracks 2-15 World Premier Recordings

The natural bush sounds were recorded by Tai Inoue of Nature Sounds in Kuranda, Australia
Morning – field recording captured at Kuranda National park in Queensland
Dusk – field recording captured at Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park in Mareeba, Queensland
Evening – field recording captured at Dinden National Park, Mareeba, Queensland

Campbell performs on a Lance Litchfield C600 guitar (with Savarez Alliance and Hannabach strings) and an Epiphone ES-339

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Brandon MacNeil

Vice President, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Art Director Brett Picknell
Design Ryan Harrison, Edward Fleming

Publicity Scott Feldman, Patrick Niland

Artist Information

Campbell Ross

Composer

Campbell Ross is a guitarist, composer and teacher who lives in Brisbane, Australia. He developed a passion for the guitar at an early age and almost immediately began writing for the instrument. Raised in New Zealand, Campbell won the Christchurch Guitar Competition before embarking on tertiary study at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Matthew Marshall.

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