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Rabid Bay

Michael Kieran Harvey is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. This recording presents some of Australia's cutting edge piano music - bold and experimental, but also increasingly lyrical, was nominated for a 2005 ARIA award.

A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed Australian music with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.

"I have developed close relationships with all the composers involved over the years. They represent an exciting younger generation of Australian composers. All are developing ways to address the question of fine art music and technology and acoustic instruments in this new century. They display an irresistible energy which in performance is communicated to a broad range of ages." - Michael Kieran Harvey


Michael Kieran Harvey

Australian pianist and composer, Dr Michael Kieran Harvey FAHA, is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.

Press quotes

“In years to come, the current era may well be seen as a golden age for Australian piano composition .. For sheer virtuosity, and for bringing out the best in an entire generation of Australian composers, there are few who can match Harvey.”

— Martin Buzacott, Limelight

“Cultural cringe should turn to awe after hearing this selection...It's a collection that shows off, but why shouldn't it? Both the performer and composers deserve to”

— Jodie McLeod, Sydney Morning Herald

“Harvey's playing displays a mature beauty, both ragged and sublime, as these works are brought wonderfully to life. A superb Australian recording. Highly recommended.”

— Dean Merlino, Readings Books & Music

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Piano Sonata No. 1 Nigel Westlake

  1. Fast 5:31
  2. Slow 5:37
  3. Very fast 3:54
  4. Sonata for Piano, Mechanical Mirrors Lawrence Whiffin

  5. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco 5:04
  6. Adagio 5:17
  7. Turbulent 2:50
  8. Tempo di marcia moderato 3:18
  9. The Promise of Water Kate Tempany

  10. Cantabile 3:05
  11. Boulders 2:18
  12. Widening ripples 3:14
  13. Negra I for piano solo Tim Dargaville

  14. Dynamic 2:56
  15. Still 4:07
  16. Quick 6:05
  17. Still 6:09
  18. Pink Nautilus Michael Kieran Harvey 3:23
  19. Rash Carl Vine 3:11
  20. Rabid Bay Kate Neal 9:49



Nigel Westlake

Westlake has played in fusion bands, soundtrack recording sessions, Australia's leading instrumental groups and as a soloist with orchestras and classical ensembles in Australia and in many cities of the world including London, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Washington, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Beijing, New Delhi, Wellington and New York.

Lawrence Whiffin

Lawrence Whiffin was born in Melbourne in 1930, and passed away in November 2012. He spent much of his life abroad. In 1976 Whiffin was appointed Senior Tutor at the Music Department of La Trobe University. This position entailed the teaching of harmony, counterpoint, analysis, form and fugue, and gave him the chance to compose more concert music.

Carl Vine

Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.

Kate Neal

Kate studied Early Music (Recorder) and Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts with Mary Finsterer, Mark Pollard and Brenton Broadstock.

Where to buy

Rabid Bay is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Rabid Bay is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
75 minutes 48 seconds
Vaughan McAlley
Martin Wright
Move Records Studio
Thanks to
Australia Council
Release date
© 2004 Move Records
℗ 2004 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3288
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574328820