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Under the artistic direction of Conservatorium Staff member, David Theak, the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra commissioned Canadian composer Dr. David Lisik to write an extended composition for jazz orchestra, featuring US jazz luminaries Alex Sipiagin (trumpet) and Bob Sheppard (saxophone). Walkabout was inspired by the James Vance Marshall novel, The Children. The ten movements of Walkabout form a unified suite that follows the original storyline yet work well as individual pieces, from the dramatic opening track (which establishes the core themes of the work) through to the complex but coherent closing piece, the rhythmically hypnotic, Ritual Dance.
Commissioned by the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, and funded by Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music.
In ten movements:
I. Walkabout "A Place for Visions"
II. The Children "Tomorrow Was Also a Day"
III. Random Fireflies "Their Nightlights Flickering Like Sparklets"
IV. Worumgala, Worum Mwa "Where Do You Come From? Where Are You Going?"
V. Intro to Ebony & Moonlight
VI. Ebony & Moonlight "Hour After Hour He Stood There, a Shadow Carved"
VII. Walking Alone "The Proving of Manhood in His Tribal Timetable"
VIII. The Medicine Man "Those Whom the Spirit Wants, He Takes"
IX. Intro to Ritual Dance
X. Ritual Dance "Harness the Elements, the Fire Was Made"
Recorded by Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet) and the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.