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Duo Blockstix – Works for Percussion and Recorder

Duo Blockstix is a unique and vibrant Australian ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill.

For its debut recording the duo engaged a range of Australian composers to create virtuosic works that were influenced by the ensemble’s distinct instrumentation, resulting in an eclectic collection of pieces ranging from dramatic ritualistic compositions to poetry inspired wordscores.


Duo Blockstix

Duo Blockstix are a unique and vibrant Australian ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill.

Press quotes

“For sure, this duo combination is an exceptional one in its composition and the confidence of its members. Crossley and Hill are to be applauded for their enterprise in working closely with pretty well all of the seven composers and getting music out of them. Four of these works come from this current year – Rojas, Day, Oliveiro, Barbeler – while the other three date from 2014. All works were premiered (Cutlan’s piece in this format) during a recital by Duo Blockstix on June 15 this year at the Wesley Music Centre, Canberra. If you are after about 52 minutes of generally soothing, breathy music that makes no demands but just nibbles at your consciousness, this CD fits the bill.”

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— Clive O'Connell, O'Connell the Music

“Duo Blockstix | Australian works for percussion and recorder is a pleasing addition to recorded repertoire of local composers and is testament to the skills of the multi-talented and virtuosic performers Alicia Crossley and Joshua Hill - displaying not only wonderful technique and musicianship but the project shows them as great supporters of our culture.”

— Alan Holley, classikON

Track Listing

  1. …of magic and realism Daniel Rojas
  2. Duo-Generare Peter McNamara
  3. Five Easy Pieces Julian Day
  4. Resonant Voice Damian Barbeler
  5. Auto Dafe Suite Mark Oliveiro

  6. Sesquialtera Ritual
  7. Rentak Silat Ritual
  8. Iteration Ritual
  9. Reflection Ritual
  10. Pencils Tim Hansen

  11. The Cartoon Philosopher
  12. Five Year Arrival
  13. Self Portrait in HB
  14. Affirmations Paul Cutlan



Daniel Rojas

Daniel Rojas (b. 1974) is a Chilean-born Australian pianist and composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American musical aesthetic.

Paul Cutlan

Paul Cutlan's work as a multi-instrumentalist and composer is informed by many styles, including contemporary classical music, world music and jazz. His work as a composer is an increasingly significant extension of his main work as a performer and improviser.

Where to buy

Duo Blockstix – Works for Percussion and Recorder is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Duo Blockstix – Works for Percussion and Recorder 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
May 2017
© 2017 Due Blockstix
℗ 2017 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 561
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574056129