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Chinese Whispers and other contemporary dance music

Piano works by some of Australia's and China's most outstanding contemporary composers, played by Gabriella Smart. Interpretations of works by Erik Griswold, Tan Dun, Alvin Curran, Jia Daqun, Michael Nyman and more.

Chinese Whispers was premiered in Adelaide in March 2005.

Dance tells an eloquent story: it is the physical, visceral celebration of life, from the frenzy of physical abandonment to the caress of a gentle embrace. Music is the pulse that keeps it alive. Composers over the centuries have taken dance forms and metamorphosed them into absolute music, as the supreme abstract expression of art.

Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 10 comprise the program from Chinese Whispers, a performance of contemporary piano solos from Australia and China, and dance duets which toured Australia and China in 2005.

Remaining works are taken from a solo concert Smart gave for the 2003 Melbourne International Festival, the theme of which was the celebration of music and movement. The works of Ludovico Einaudi, Zhu Jian'er, Tan Dun and Michael Nyman are extensions of their ground breaking music for film.


Gabriella Smart

Gabriella Smart is a passionate exponent of contemporary music, and has given award-winning premieres of Australian compositions.

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Canzone popolare (Francia, 1500 ca) Ludovico Einaudi 1:16
  2. An Offering of Intimacy Zhu Jianer 3:21
  3. 3 Latin Rhythms Guaguanco Erik Griswold 3:38
  4. Suo Qin Yi 2:18
  5. Traces Tan Dun 8:54
  6. 'for Cornelius' Alvin Curran 13:26
  7. Within a 'Prayer at Lamplighting' Constantine Koukias 11:58
  8. 3 Latin Rhythms Erik Griswold

  9. Maracatu 2:19
  10. Batucada 3:00
  11. Scherzo Jia Daqun 2:23
  12. Tango for Tim Michael Nyman 5:44
  13. Five Bagatelles Carl Vine

  14. Darkly 2:33
  15. Leggiero e legato 1:28
  16. (untitled) 1:50
  17. (untitled) 1:17
  18. Threnody (for all of the innocent victims) Gently 2:53



Erik Griswold

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised, and experimental forms. Particular interests include prepared piano, percussion, environmental music, and music of Sichuan province.

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.

Where to buy

Chinese Whispers and other contemporary dance music is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Chinese Whispers and other contemporary dance music 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.

(all except tracks 3, 7, 8 and 9)

With acknowledgements to the Government of South Australia Arts SA

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
68 minutes 18 seconds
Vaughan McAlley (all except tracks 3, 7, 8 and 9)
Move Records Studio (all except tracks 3, 7, 8 and 9)
PATU Studio (tracks 3 and 7—9)
Thanks to
Arts SA
Release date
March 2005
© 2005 Move Records
℗ 2005 Move Records
Australian, Cross-cultural, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3296
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574329629