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Chanson Irresponsable (double album)

by Mike Westbrook

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Fight 05:23
Gran Vanto 19:34
Careless 06:19
Ein Vogel 06:26


Chanson Irresponsable takes as its starting point the anarchic and eclectic nature of the song of the sedge warbler. Kate Westbrook's texts, in English, are translated into French, German and Italian. While not anthropomorphic, the texts capture moments in the life of the migrant bird - territorial rivalry, courtship, death. Each language version has a different musical interpretation, sometimes formally set, sometimes free form.

The instrumentation of the Orchestra, which combines jazz and classical player, is chosen to give the maximum range of tonal possibilities within a small ensemble.

Two vocalists and two clarinet/saxophonists are the principal protagonists at the heart of the Orchestra. This Quartet plays out the music/drama of the piece against a variety of Orchestral 'events' - improvisations, textures and against structures which are often derived from popular song and jazz forms.
Mike Westbrook.

This musically innovative and exciting new piece finds Mike & Kate working at their creative peaks and defiantly unafraid to risk everything in their pursuit of new musical forms. Working with a stunning mix of jazz and classical musicians of all ages, the Westbrooks have created a major work for contemporary music that is as startlingly original and uncategorisable as anything in their combined creative history.
Chris Albury, Mind Your Own Music


released October 15, 2019

Kate Westbrook - voice
Matthew Sharp - voice
Chris Biscoe - alto clarinet, alto saxophone
Peter Whyman - clarinet, bass clarinet, alto a soprano saxophones
Stuart Brooks - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jane Hanna - french horn
Karen Street - tenor saxophone, accordion
Dave Bitelli - baritone saxophone, clarinet
Mark Wilson - violin
Neil McTaggart - violin
David Lasserson - viola
Chris Allan - cello
Tim Harries - bass
Sebastian Rochford - drums
Mike Westbrook - piano, MD


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Mike Westbrook, composer and pianist, has received many honours and his outpouring of work in a career stretching over 50 years, ranges from scores for full orchestra to solo piano improvisation.

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