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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...


Michael Kieran Harvey

Michael Kieran Harvey 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.

Anne Gilby

One of Australia's outstanding oboists and teachers, Anne studied with Jiri Tancibudek, Leon Goossens, Helmut Winschermann and Maurice Bourgue.

Gongworks Gamelan

Gongworks was set up in 1997 by Mark Pollard to create new work through the fusing of cross cultural and cross media materials. Sound, theatre and ritual are essential elements in a Gongworks performance.

Graeme Shilton

Graeme Shilton was one of Australia's leading classical saxophonists and a champion of new music.

Robert Schubert

Robert Schubert is a Melbourne-based clarinettist and teaches woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Z.O.O. Duo

Z.O.O. Duo, an original, classical guitar duo, features talented guitarists Peter Constant and Marion Schaap, directors of guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts.

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



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.

Where to buy

A Handful of Rain can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title can be ordered through fine music retailers across Australia including Readings and Fish Fine Music.

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