Zalankara

Jeff Pressing's Zalankara is a multicultural symphony, a wide-ranging and ambitious work dedicated to the refugees and displaced people of the world.

Jeff Pressing's Zalankara is a multicultural symphony, a wide-ranging and ambitious work dedicated to the refugees and displaced people of the world.

Zalankara uses ground-breaking innovations in electronics, combining sounds and structures inspired by different ethnic musics and those drawn from Western traditions. The piece contains everything from sampled or synthesized sounds of African talking drums and the dan tranh or Vietnamese zither, to electronic versions of a Western orchestra.

There are also four vocalists - here performed live in the studio - plus assorted environmental sounds such as dolphin calls and closing doors!

Artist

Jeff Pressing

Jeff Pressing was a composer, performer, and researcher of music. Until his untimely passing in April 2002, he was for many years head of the Cognitive Science Master's Program at the University of Melbourne in Australia and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology.


Press quote

“excellent notes ... [Zalankara's] creation must have involved immense thought, time and labour and a remarkable degree of co-operation between its participants. As such, it stands as a testimony to the possibilities within the fusion of 'natural' and synthetic sounds, directed to the illumination of human experience and the heightening of social empathy.”

— Peter Larsen, 3MBS FM Libretto

Audio preview

Track Listing

Point of Reference (Multicultural Orchestra Predominant)
The Great and the Small (Western Orchestra Predominant)
Doors and Portals (2 alto voices, all orchestras)
The Universal Dance (full orchestra)
Sun and Sky (alto voice, 2 baritone voices, zither, wind and other soloists)
Exotica (wind and electronic soloists and full orchestra)
Mirrors and Beams of Light (bagpipes, constructed choir and full orchestra)

Where to buy

Zalankara can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Categories
Australian, Classical, Cross-cultural, Orchestral, Vocal
Catalogue number
MCD 191
Alternate catalogue number
MCD191
Barcode
EAN 9314574019124