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Lines of Flight

by GreyWing Ensemble

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ghost [2017] 07:04


GreyWing is a New Music group consisting of flute [Kirsten Smith], reeds [Lindsay Vickery], guitar [Jameson Feakes] and harp [Catherine Ashley]. Since their debut in 2016, the group has focused on new Australian music and environmental music. The recordings here are an eclectic combination of responses by Western Australian composers Catherine Ashley, Eduardo Cossio, Sam Gillies, Cat Hope and Lindsay Vickery, exploring a range of current (and ongoing) preoccupations. Perhaps the most common theme running through the collection is desire to blur the lines between compositionally prescribed and improvised situations for the performers. The works approach this goal through a range of extended, graphical, textual and extended notations (some examples are included with this release). Nearly all of the works here take advantage of the potentials of digital notation presented on networked iPads. This can be seen in the attention to the aesthetic qualities of the notation and heard through
the often idiosyncratic musical structures, such as indeterminate sectional structure (Marking Time, lines of flight) rhizomatic form (detritus) and game-like generative notation (Tectonic: rodinia), or in the case of here, apparently using digital tools to precisely transcribe a recorded improvisation. Another thread of GreyWing’s repertoire – the exploration of contemporary social issues - is reflected in the focus on 2014’s revelations
about mass-surveillance in Snowden and Signals Directorate and the expanding global refugee crisis in Marking Time. Hostage and ghost take a more intimate approach, reflecting trauma on a personal scale in one case and the sonic world of a childhood memory of the supernatural in the other. GreyWing


released March 25, 2018

Kirsten Smith - flute
Lindsay Vickery - clarinet/saxophone
Jameson Feakes - guitar
Catherine Ashley - harp

Dan O'Connor - trumpet
Eduardo Cossio - electric guitar
Aaron Wyatt - viola
Tristen Parr - cello
Michael Terren, Josten Myburgh, Stuart James and Lindsay Vickery - Conductors

compositions by
Sam Gillies (1)
Cat Hope (2,6)
Lindsay Vickery (3,5,7,9)
Catherine Ashley (4)
Eduardo Cossio (8)




GreyWing Ensemble Perth, Australia

GreyWing is an Australian new music group exploring and creating repertoire for harp (Catherine Ashley), electric guitar (Jameson Feakes) and winds (Kirsten Smith and Lindsay Vickery) and electronics. Important thematic strands in the group’s exploration have included environmental music, political commentary, text, generative works, improvisation and noise. ... more

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