Inspired by the iconic 1979 work “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” by Italo Calvino, the debut album from Tilman Robinson has been described as a ‘most moving and extraordinary experience’. Composed in 2012 for the APRA Melbourne Jazz Fringe commission, the work sonically responds to the themes and spirit of this postmodern classic, giving musical life to Calvino’s masterpiece. Avoiding the literal and tokenistic, Robinson subtly transforms Calvino’s work, creating something truly unique.
Calvino’s words pass through Robinson’s musical prism creating an aural narrative that, while in debt to its muse, carves out its own identity.
Recorded with a cast of some of Australia’s most outstanding musicians the album will digitally release on December 31, 2013, with it’s official launch at the Melbourne Recital Centre on February 11, 2014.
released 31 December 2013
The album features:
Tilman Robinson (laptop/trombone)
Peter Knight (laptop/trumpet)
Callum G’froerer (trumpet)
Erkki Veltheim (violin)
Judith Hamann (cello)
Brett Thompson (guitar/banjo)
Berish Bilander (piano)
Sam Zerna (bass)
Hugh Harvey (drums)
Additional cello: Melanie Robinson
Additional percussion: Joe Talia, Tilman Robinson and Josh Barber
Composed, arranged and produced by Tilman Robinson
Except track 10 - composed by S. O'Neill, arr. T. Robinson
Recorded by Robin Gray at Allan Eaton Studios
Mixed by Joe Talia at Hope St Studios
Mastered by Byron Scullin at Moose Mastering
Album artwork by Sophie Morris
Album design by Thomas Green
Commissioned by the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival as the recipient of the MJFF 2012 APRA Composer's Commission
Written in response to Italo Calvino's "If On A Winter's Night A Traveller"