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Catalogue des Errances Bibliques

This is Michael Kieran Harvey's epic catalogue of Biblical errors for eight keyboardists and four percussionists, together with spoken narration written and spoken by Arjun von Caemmerer. There are 25 musical passages interspersed with 25 short narratives.

Using the songs of birds from all over France, the composer Olivier Messiaen compiled his Catalogue d'oiseaux (“Catalogue of birds”), a vast compendium of music in seven books. Michael Kieran Harvey, who has recorded Messiaen’s complete work (MD 3299), has composed Catalogue des Errances Bibliques (“Catalogue of Biblical Errancy”), which comprises twenty-five pieces with inspiration drawn from the 850 pages of C. Dennis McKinsey’s monumental Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy. Interspersed with readings by poet Arjun von Caemmerer, Catalogue des Errances Bibliques is scored for a similarly epic eight keyboards and four percussionists, and treats its subject matter “in the spirit of the musical The Book of Mormon (Parker/Lopez/Stone, 2011)”.


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.

Arjun von Caemmerer

Dr Arjun von Caemmerer is a Hobart-based general medical practitioner, Iyengar Yoga teacher/practitioner and writer. In 1995 (with Naomi Cameron) he established The Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

Press quotes

“The inventory of instruments included two grand pianos, four electric keyboards, synthesizers, vibraphone, marimba, a theremin and a range of non-melodic percussion. Narration between each piece consisted of clever, witty and insightful poems written by collaborator Arjun von Caemmerer for each ‘chapter’ accompanying the music. The text is, in keeping with McKinsey, not sceptical of spirituality per se, but rather dogma and the words of sacred texts that can underlie intractable belief systems. Von Caemmerer unpacks these whimsically. One must understand the incredible brainpower of Harvey and von Caemmerer, which when combined, is truly a force to be reckoned with. Indeed after what could only be described as an electrically charged performance, I spoke with a fellow composer in the audience with a ‘How on earth?’ inquiry to which she replied, ‘Mandy, we are mere mortals’. If one is only aware of Michael Kieran Harvey as a performer, then to say his virtuosity translates into intricately composed and technically demanding compositions, provides but a glimpse of his composing prowess. The level of synchrony required of all performers on stage was breathtakingly audacious and utterly masterful. The thought the composer injects into every piece and the articulation of those thoughts musically is really quite astounding. But together, Harvey and von Caemmerer’s vision is uplifting and fun in its irreverence.”

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— Mandy Stefanakis, Music Trust Loud Mouth e-zine

“The spoken narrative is satirical: very irreverent, and at times very funny! For example, I particularly liked Bible Story No.5 ‘Walking on Water’ which uses simple maths, and very plausible deductive reasoning (assisted by reference to the website of Bunnings Warehouse) to calculate how big Jesus’ feet must have been in order for him to have successfully walked on water (the answer is: approx. 20cm wide and 80cm long!). The musical interludes alternate with the spoken parts, to some extent commenting on them, so on the CD they are the even-numbered tracks. At first hearing some tracks (e.g., No. 2, No. 24), sound like free jazz – an effect accentuated by the electric keyboards, the drum kit, and the fast tempi. No.20, with its strings of parallel minor seventh chords and unusual time signature (15/8) could almost be a cover of Dave Brubeck. But this music is not improvised. In fact, everything is meticulously notated (the score is available from the Australian Music Centre – also in a version for two pianos). And within the 25 pieces there is a large variety of styles, from the powerful opening using the whole ensemble (recapitulated in the final piece) to the toccata-like No.12 and 16 (with its prominent synth-effects), along with more meditative pieces like the sparse arpeggios and bowed vibraphone notes of No.30, the angular quartal/quintal harmony of No.38, and the thrilling multimetric rhythms of No.48.”

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— Clive Lane, classikon

“Michael Kieran Harvey and Arjun von Caemmerer’s shared conversations must be a blast, this album, a superb example of their continued artistic collaboration. The unity between players, given the incredible complexity of the music, was astounding, and the sound combinations, including tubular bells, mallet percussion and theremin, drumkit, keyboards and double dose grand pianos, was intoxicating.”

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— Mandy Stefanakis, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouth

Track Listing

  1. d'Composition Arjun von Caemmerer
  2. The Bible’s chaotic composition Michael Kieran Harvey
  3. Cheesus Arjun von Caemmerer
  4. Jesus Christ? Michael Kieran Harvey
  5. Which one is it? Arjun von Caemmerer
  6. God’s word? Michael Kieran Harvey
  7. "My Father's house has many rooms" Arjun von Caemmerer
  8. Contradictions Michael Kieran Harvey
  9. Walking on water Arjun von Caemmerer
  10. Historicity of Jesus Michael Kieran Harvey
  11. "I am the true vine" Arjun von Caemmerer
  12. Jesus’ birth? Michael Kieran Harvey
  13. Fish mongery Arjun von Caemmerer
  14. Deceptiveness of Jesus Michael Kieran Harvey
  15. The Epistle of Lazarus to Jesus Arjun von Caemmerer
  16. Second coming of Jesus? Michael Kieran Harvey
  17. The Book of numb errs Arjun von Caemmerer
  18. Bible characters Michael Kieran Harvey
  19. Sup, Lick, Ate Arjun von Caemmerer
  20. Injustice Michael Kieran Harvey
  21. The McKinsey Report Arjun von Caemmerer
  22. Science or creationism Michael Kieran Harvey
  23. The Miracle of St Raphael Arjun von Caemmerer
  24. Belief in miracles Michael Kieran Harvey
  25. John's Judgemental Jeremiad Arjun von Caemmerer
  26. Anti-Semitism Michael Kieran Harvey
  27. Here is Eden Arjun von Caemmerer
  28. Intolerance and anti-intellectualism Michael Kieran Harvey
  29. Prophet and loss Arjun von Caemmerer
  30. Fake prophecies Michael Kieran Harvey
  31. GodSwill Arjun von Caemmerer
  32. Predestination vs. free will Michael Kieran Harvey
  33. Easy kill Arjun von Caemmerer
  34. Forty Bible errors Michael Kieran Harvey
  35. Adam's rib Arjun von Caemmerer
  36. Bible creation conflicts Michael Kieran Harvey
  37. C-Change Arjun von Caemmerer
  38. Saturday or Sunday? Michael Kieran Harvey
  39. Conversion disorder - From Saul to Paul Arjun von Caemmerer
  40. Mixed-up Paul Michael Kieran Harvey
  41. The Tweet of Paul John Manna.Forte Arjun von Caemmerer
  42. Fake Bible news Michael Kieran Harvey
  43. Triad Arjun von Caemmerer
  44. Peter, Paul and Jesus conflicted Michael Kieran Harvey
  45. Whose ringing kisses kiss the ring Arjun von Caemmerer
  46. Control by the elite Michael Kieran Harvey
  47. The little-read book Arjun von Caemmerer
  48. Other holy books Michael Kieran Harvey
  49. Glossolalia Arjun von Caemmerer
  50. Life after Biblical errancy Michael Kieran Harvey


  • Michael Kieran Harvey · piano, keyboards · tracks 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and 50
  • Timothy Young · piano, keyboards · tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and 50
  • Peter Neville · percussion · tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and 50
  • Arjun von Caemmerer · voice · tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47 and 49

Where to buy

Catalogue des Errances Bibliques is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Catalogue des Errances Bibliques 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
June 2021
© 2021 Michael Kieran Harvey
℗ 2021 Move Records
Australian, Spoken word
Catalogue number
MD 3457
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574345728