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Bass Instincts

The bass recorder is an exquisite instrument that has evolved from its humble consort roots into a virtuosic solo instrument. It possesses a beautifully deep, earthy tone, with mellow and haunting characteristics. Alicia Crossley, one of Australia's leading recorder players, presents an exciting program of new Australian works.

The instrument sings with a natural lyricism that can effortlessly morph into agitated and textural soundscapes. It is these unique musical qualities that are embraced and showcased in the compositions created for Bass Instincts.

With diverse compositions written by some of Australia’s leading female composers, Bass Instincts explores the instinctual musicality, versatility and virtuosity of this unique instrument.


Alicia Crossley

Alicia Crossley is one of Australia’s leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire.

Press quotes

“Not a great deal is heard of the bass recorder. Recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley has turned conventional recorder techniques upside down, and taken the bass recorder into exciting new territory innovating novel sounds from abrasive to mellow and lingering to punctuated. She has taken this medieval instrument hewn from natural materials combined it with the aesthetics of the 21st century and catapulted it into the future.”

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— Shamistha de Soysa, Sounds Like Sydney

“Traversing a broad range of stylistic persuasions, this album showcases the incredible musicianship, virtuosity and powerful capacity for storytelling that is one of Australia’s finest artists, Alicia Crossley. Listeners, regardless of their familiarity and comfort levels with new music should take a listen to this wonderful album. It will introduce you to intoxicatingly haunting sonic colours, with each of the featured works exploring in its own way the possibilities of the curious instrument that is the bass recorder.”

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— Alex Raineri, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouths

“Nothing base about these cliche-smashing new works for bass recorder. On display throughout this novel, inventive yet accessible program is Crossley’s own extraordinary creativity, imagination, and musicianship. Instinctive, yes. Base, no.”

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— Will Yeoman, Limelight

Track Listing

    Sylvan Holly Harrison

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  4. Lost in the Darkness Fiona Hill
  5. Alhekulyele Anne Boyd
  6. Inhaltations Alice Chance
  7. Before You Lisa Cheney
  8. Vibration Mediation Amanda Cole
  9. The Clockmaker Jessica Wells



Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd enjoys a distinguished career as a composer and music educator. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA Hons in Music degree in 1967 and from the University of York in England with a PhD in composition in 1972.

Alice Chance

Alice is an Australian composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary's Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City).

Amanda Cole

Amanda Cole has performed to critical acclaim in Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Germany. Her recording of Portuguese Art Song (Ode Records) drew high praise from the Journal of Singing (USA) and the Camoes Institute of Portugal.

Where to buy

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

Bass Instincts 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

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
September 2021
© 2021 Alicia Crossley
℗ 2021 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 624
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574062427