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Brassy Fireworks

Music by
John Pickard -
heard by
ANDREW SCHARTMANN

'... a thrilling listening experience.'

John Pickard: Gaia Symphony; Eden. Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag / Andreas Hanson. © 2014 BIS Records AB

John Pickard has a gift for harmony — a true knack for writing progressions that sound inevitable yet fresh. Combined with an outstanding performance by the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, which consists mainly of amateur members, Pickard's talent for brass band composition makes for a thrilling listening experience.

As Pickard explains in his notes, the 'Gaia' Symphony was not originally conceived of as it is presented here; it was assembled from a number of pieces composed between 1991 and 2003. Yet no one would ever suspect as much...

Copyright © 2 February 2015 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

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JOHN PICKARD: GAIA SYMPHONY; EDEN

UNITED KINGDOM

NORWAY

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