PLEASE NOTE: This is the CD version. The LP version is available on request.
Dean Sky-Lucas (piano, voice, & percussion)
Eve de Castro-Robinson (compositions)
Harvey Benge (photography)
I stayed a minute was conceived by composer Eve de Castro-Robinson as a limited edition vinyl release in tandem with Auckland photographer, Harvey Benge. This beautiful hardbound LP/book is a highly-collectable objet d'art that celebrates the talent of two of New Zealand's most well-established and highly-regarded artists, each working at the peak of their powers.
The two compositions on this album form a diptych for piano, voice and percussion featuring Auckland pianist Dean Sky-Lucas. Each piece is divided into three movements with suggestive poetic titles drawn from some of Eve's favourite writers. Both are concerned with a similar range of sonic explorations, from the ritualistic, meditative pulsing of repeated notes, to more restless and dynamic figures on the keyboard and beyond. As Eve often does in her music, the sonic palette is extended to include vocalising, percussion, and interior piano.
Ring true employs metal handbell and tam-tam, while and the garden was full of voices sees the pianist whispering, crooning, and chanting, as well as utilising prepared strings (CD cases on the strings). Each work is allusive rather than programmatic, conjuring the sound of bells (both literal and metaphorical), birds, and voices (real and imagined).
– Rattle Records