sunburnt aftertones

The chamber music of Katy Abbott. Her chamber works span her career to date and are perhaps the best example of her capacity to immediately engage the audience in an evocative sound world.

Each one has a strong sense of place or person, crafted with assertive clarity. Human qualities of beauty, melancholy and satire radiate from pieces like Multisonics and No Ordinary Traveller while her landscapes shimmer with heat waves (Sunburnt Aftertones) or resound with calls to prayer (Egyptian Wish). This is poetic, assertive music that is jubilantly of its time. Rosalind Appleby, music critic and author, 2010.


Syzygy Ensemble

Syzygy Ensemble has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences.

Press quotes

“Katy Abbott writes,"in my music I am trying to capture the little things that make us human or happen to us because we are human. I seek to unpack the human side of life; humour, foibles, quirky things we do and say, beauty, grief and friendship". In this, she has succeeded. The pieces on this CD range from an examination of the life of a female traveller in 'No Ordinary Traveller' for mezzo-soprano, to reminiscences of hearing calls to prayer in 'Egyptian Wish'…If you're interested in contemporary Australian composition, this CD provides an excellent example of approachable new music.” ★★★

— Paul Ballam-Cross, Limelight Magazine

“This is evocative and jubilant music of its time”

— Rosalind Appleby, music critic and author

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Egyptian Wish Katy Abbott 7:22
  2. Sunburnt Aftertones Katy Abbott 5:25
  3. Making Angels Katy Abbott 7:18
  4. No Ordinary Traveller Katy Abbott

  5. No Ordinary Traveller 7:12
  6. Ship Life 3:25
  7. One Dark Sky 7:36
  8. An End That Marks a Start 5:04
  9. The Empty Quarter Katy Abbott 15:37
  10. MultiSonics Katy Abbott 8:45



Katy Abbott

Katy Abbott’s music is refreshingly genuine. She is part of a new wave of composers who emerged after the style wars that dominated Australian music in the nineties and her music has no hint of either forced intellectualism or fluffy popularism.

Where to buy

sunburnt aftertones 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
Total playing time
67 minutes 44 seconds
Release date
© 2010 Katy Abbott
℗ 2010 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MCD 441
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574044126