A Handful of Rain

Inspired by the Gamelan and Japanese Shinto music, the recent ambient work of Mark Clement Pollard is unique in its pursuit of beauty and simplicity. A Handful of Rain is the first comprehensive collection of this acclaimed Australian composer's popular style.

Includes "be it ever so Humble", with oboist Anne Gilby, "dusting off roses", featuring the Z.O.O. Duo, and the title track, performed by the well-known pianist Michael Kieran Harvey. Pollard's music is dreamy, ambient and spiced with an overwhelming sense of beauty, so please - take time to have a dream or two...


Mark Pollard

Currently teaching composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, Mark Pollard completed a Masters degree at La Trobe University and has been awarded several prizes.

Press quotes

“[Pollard's] eclectic style embraces diverse influences such as collaboration, improvisation, jazz, pop, minimalism and the indigenous music of South-East Asia.”

ABC 24 Hours

“Each work expresses an individuality, often painting a haunting and atmospheric picture.”

— Dr. Amanda Watson, Victorian Journal of Music Education

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. be it ever so Humble Mark Pollard
  2. a handful of rain Mark Pollard

  3. part one
  4. part two
  5. part three
  6. bathing in stillness Mark Pollard
  7. between home and heaven Mark Pollard

  8. part one
  9. part two
  10. part three
  11. dusting off roses Mark Pollard

  12. part one
  13. part two
  14. part three
  15. part four
  16. part five
  17. the sweet light of day Mark Pollard


Where to buy

A Handful of Rain 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’ and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

This recording is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria - Department of Premier and Cabinet.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Mark Pollard
Martin Wright
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Move Records Studio
Thanks to
Arts Victoria
Release date
© 1999 Move Records
℗ 1999 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3218
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574321821