Flat Earth - Octet
Didjeridu, string quartet, and percussion x 3
Flat Earth - Orchestral
Didjeridu, strings, double winds, Tpt x 2, Hrns x 2,
and percussion x 4
"....This exciting work features shifting rhythms, textures and musical mirages that weave around the didjeridu with a palpable sense of drama.
Lisa MacKinney Limelight Magazine, July 2018
listen to Flat Earth - Octet, 2016 (complete)
Flat Earth - Octet, was a work specifically written to provide an opportunity for collaboration between Mark Atkins and the Elektra String Quartet in 1996. I have, over the years, revised and developed some of the ideas in the work. It now stands complete, and, as an octet, has been recorded in 2016.
However, as I prepared the octet for publication, I started, (as I am wont to do) to hear more colours, and a need to expand and develop it in ways that called for an orchestra...
And so it is done, Flat Earth - Orchestral. A few sections changed in terms of metre, so as to make it easier to conduct, an extra solo for the didjeridu -apart from that, it is much the same structurally as the version for Octet.
Flat Earth provided me with an opportunity to explore and express something of my own personal relationship with the vast Australian outback, and its original inhabitants and culture, and as such, came to be a core work in the Elektra String Quartet repertoire for quite a few years.
I would like to thank and acknowledge Mark Atkins, from whom, over many years of working together I have learned so much about the didjeridu and its generally unknown potential as an instrument.
Romano & Mark play the Juan Sebastian Jazz Club, Caracas, Venezuela, 1999
Romano & Mark improvisation
Romano & Mark in Amsterdam (of course!)