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about

This album began as a game to while away the long drives on tour: if we could pick Australian instrumentalists to collaborate with, who would they be? Once the list was made, the idea struck us -- why not just ask them? Unbelievably, they all said yes.

With a project like this, the process of getting to the studio is more than half the battle, and we are extremely grateful to our collaborators for their commitment and generosity. Each piece, as diverse as our guest artists, was written and rehearsed in one or two sessions and recorded in a few hours shortly after.

The time constraints encouraged us to focus on the essential elements of music-making. The resultant music is raw and fresh, simple and serene, exploratory and free. For us, it was a liberating and inspiring process, and we feel incredibly privileged to have worked with these artists. We hope you enjoy the music.

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released April 4, 2015

Collaborators:

Sandy Evans | soprano saxophone
www.sandyevans.com.au

Genevieve Lacey | descant, tenor and contrabass recorders
www.genevievelacey.com

Julian Thompson | cello
www.aco.com.au

Linsey Pollak | 'donna' glass bass clarinet
www.linseypollak.com

Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt | fiddle and piano www.chrisandcatherine.com.au

The String Contingent are:

Chris Stone | violin

Graham McLeod | guitar, baritone guitar (track 3)

Holly Downes | double bass

www.thestringcontingent.com

Chris' violin is by Graham Caldersmith
www.caldersmithviolins.com.au

Graham's guitars are by Peter Madill
www.madillguitars.co.nz

All tracks recorded at Hercules Street Studios, Sydney, by Jonathan Palmer with assistance from Patrick Mullins 9th - 18th July 2014, except track 2, recorded at Genevieve's place, Melbourne, by Jim Atkins 8th July 2014. Edited by Chris Stone and mixed by Jonathan Palmer. Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear Studios, Melbourne.

Artwork by Annika Romeyn - www.annika-romeyn.com
Graphic design by Julia Johnson - www.yellowpony.com.au

© & ℗ The String Contingent 2015

To our collaborators – thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to the project, it was truly a privilege to work with you all. Sincere thanks to our crowd-funding supporters – without you this project would never have happened – particularly: John Cowan, Joe Troy, John Ausburn, the Donnan family, Mary Furlong and Anne White. To Chateau O'Leary, The Orphanage and Hotel Wingawomba. To Camilla for being generous with Graham's time. To Benedict Puglisi (www.atelierpuglisi.com) and Alex Grant (www.grantviolins.com.au) for looking after our instruments.

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The String Contingent have reached ‘the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance’ (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine). Their music ‘brings to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer … with elements of Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass ... they are incredibly skilled ...’ (Ulf Torstensson, Lira Magazine). ... more

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