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This CD brings together collaborations between Japanese violinist Miwako Abe (Pollard, Okamoto), Melbourne cellist Alister Barker (Pertout) and MKH, with solos especially written for him by Gabriella Vici and Andrian Pertout. The title Shichiseki is from the duo violin and piano work by Japanese composer Kanako Okamoto and is the Japanese Star Festival held on 7th July, coincidentally MKH’s birthday.


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.

Miwako Abe

Miwako Abe has frequently performed as soloist and in chamber music ensembles, steadily enhancing her reputation across four continents as an exceptionally gifted artist. She has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel, Turkey, Japan, India, and New Zealand.

Alister Barker

Alister Barker studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Kim Bak Dinitzen and Karine Georgian. Since returning to Australia in 2005, he has performed frequently in Melbourne as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

Martin Niedermair

Martin Niedermair received training at the Vienna Conservatory from 1993 to 1996. In the 1999/2000 and 2001/02 seasons he was a member of the ensemble at the Simpl cabaret, where he performed with the programs Wurzel aus 2001 and Bla.Bla.Bla.

Press quote

“Japanese influences open further doors for the Australian pianist in his newest album. ... Harvey and violinist Miwako Abe whip up enormous gestural force in Kanako Okamoto’s Schichiseki, which commemorates Japan’s ancient annual Star Festival. Inspired by Taiko drumming, the pounding rhythms of Mark Pollard’s Beating the Rusty Nail are great fun. Also memorable is Andrián Pertout’s infectiously rhythmic Rishis and Saints, Harvey here being joined by cellist Alister Barker.”

— Graham Strahle, The Australian

Track Listing

  1. Shichiseki 七夕 for violin and piano I. Romance Kanako Okamoto
  2. Cinq petites mélodies for Pianoforte, No. 400 Andrián Pertout

  3. I. Noir de l’ouest, Landó and Festejo
  4. II. Jaune du sud, Zamba and Chacarera
  5. III. Aqua du centre, Plena and Bomba
  6. IV. Rouge de l’est, Toque de São Bento Grande, Samba Partido Alto
  7. V. Blanc du nord, Bembé and Guaguancó
  8. Beating the rusty nail Mark Pollard
  9. Rishis and Saints for Violoncello and Prepared Pianoforte, No. 398 Andrián Pertout
  10. Music for a While (from Purcell’s Oedipus) Henry Purcell
  11. Verborgenheit (from Mörike Lieder, No. 12) Hugo Wolf
  12. Agnus Dei (from Mass in B Minor) Johann Sebastian Bach
  13. Piano Sonata Gabriella Vici

  14. Fantasie. Adagio misterioso
  15. Allegretto con grazia
  16. Toccata. Allegro vivace



Kanako Okamoto

Kanako Okamoto is rapidly gaining an international profile as an exciting and significant Japanese composer.

Gabriella Vici

Gabriella Vici (b. 1995) is from Sydney, Australia. She has had the privilege of composing for some of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles through collaborations with Musica Viva Australia, including Arcadia Winds and the Orava Quartet.

Andrián Pertout

Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock.

Mark Pollard

Australian composer Mark Clement Pollard has an eclectic compositional style utilising such diverse materials as, improvisation, jazz, pop and the indigenous music’s of South East Asia.

Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Where to buy

Shichiseki 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
December 2023
© 2023 Move Records
℗ 2023 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3470
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574347029