Sage J. Harlow “Variations Without a Theme (Drones Ongs)” CD



Four pieces composed for ensemble by Perth-based Sage J. Harlow (AKA Sage Pbbbt). The compositions seem structured around the centrepiece of Pbbbt’s unique vocal techniques, incorporating overtones, drones and repetition. The instruments of the ensemble take off gently from the voice, taking brief flight and dancing slowly around each other, before joining again with the voice. The overall effect is of organic yet deftly-crafted music.

Performers: Jameson Feakes (guitar), Dan O’connor (trumpet), Oz Kesik (synthesizer), Djuna Lee (double bass), Josten Myburgh (alto saxophone), Sage Pbbbt (voices), Saskia Willinge (flute).