The idea of creating this CD recording came about in late 2010, when I was nearing the end of my musical journey in the United Kingdom. I was speaking to Jason Katsikaris about wanting to keep in touch with the brass band scene upon my return to Australia and he suggested making a CD recording with Gunnedah Band as a project to work towards, as well as a memoir of my time in the UK.
As I started thinking more about the project and the music I would like to include, I decided that it would be great to have some new repertoire for baritone and brass band on the CD and that it might also be a good opportunity to promote the music of composer friends that I had made during my travels. And so came about the collaboration of many musicians and friends. Each work on this CD has significance to me; some have been composed or arranged specifically for the CD by friends, others hold a special place in my memories, and all have helped to shape me as a musician.
Center Stage – Track Listing
|1.||The Healing Power of Flame – Tom Davoren||(10:12)|
|2.||Amarte Es Un Placer – Juan Carlos Calderon, Arr. Luc Vertommen||(3:53)|
|3.||Rhapsody for B flat Baritone and Brass Band – Philip Sparke||(9:13)|
|4.||Kristy’s Song – Peter Meechan||(3:58)|
|5.||Scherzo for Baritone – Iain Rayner||(3:27)|
|6.||Rangitoto – Goff Richards, Arr. Iain McKnight||(12:11)|
|7.||Mattinata – Ruggero Leoncavallo, Arr. Luc Vertommen||(4:05)|
|8.||Diversions for Baritone – Darrol Barry||(8:01)|
|9.||Film – Andy Scott, arr. Jim Fieldhouse||(4:07)|
|10.||Mayfly Blues – Stan Nieuwenhuis||(7:56)|
|Total playing time: 67:05|