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Dream is a triptych of songs all inspired by fantasy.

Author and dancer Lou Poletti's draconic pub ballad 'De Kio Yami', has been sitting on my desk to set to music for five years - it a joy to finally bring her dragon bard, Altia, to life.

Charlotte Mew's 'I So Liked the Spring' reflects on the whimsy, heartache and nostalgia of love now lost, as well as the ability to carry on 'as the thrushes do...'

Finally Dream's Epilogue began life as an exercise to banish 'composer's block'. An old habit was to grab my complete works of Shakespeare and pick random text to set. Maybe Shakespeare mocks me here in his epilogue to A Midsummer Night's Dream 'and this weak and idle theme'. Perhaps it's only fitting this song is one I chose to sing myself.

So this is my musical offering; to characters seeking life, to spurned lovers needing solace, to struggling creators wanting a break, ultimately to dreams.

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About Cameron:

Cameron Lam (b.1989) is a freelance composer, the Artistic Director of Kammerklang, - a Sydney-based music and art production company – and the Art Music Specialist at APRA AMCOS.

He has had the pleasure of writing for many of Australia’s leading musicians such as acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes (The Colour of Woods), contemporary vocal ensemble Halcyon (Orphic Hymn No. 9: Selene), the internationally renowned Nexas Saxophone Quartet (Interweave), and YouTuber and EWI-ist Peter Smith aka Soundole VGM Covers (Cybermemories: Music for EWI).

As described by Limelight Magazine, Cameron’s music is ‘a fantastic world in which mythological stories come to life.’ This element of myth infuses notable works such as Australia’s first EWI concerto, Electric Phoenix (for Peter Smith & the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra) and the first contrabass clarinet concerto with wind symphony, Yggdrasil: The World Tree (for Sue Newsome & the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony).

Cameron is proud to be Fine Music 102.5FM’s Stephen Kruger Scholar for 2018, which will see him complete and record, The Art of Disappearing, a song cycle for mezzo soprano and string quartet based on the poetry of Australian author, Sarah Holland-Batt.

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released November 30, 2017

Composer: Cameron Lam

Soprano: Amelia Golding
Piano: Josephine Allan
Classical Guitar: Josinaldo Costa

Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Cover Art: Luke Adrian Moseley

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Cameron Lam Sydney, Australia

Composer, gamer, amateur trapeze artist and Artistic Director of Kammerklang.

My music mixes my love of fantasy and nostalgic video game chip tunes, with my obsession for movement and my classical music training.

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Track Name: Amelia Golding, Josinaldo Costa - De Kio Yami
De Kio Yami by Louisa Poletti

“The first piece I’d like to perform for you is an old folk song amongst the Dragons. I hope that it pleases you.” Altia strummed the lute to check that it was in key before she commenced playing the fun and uplifting tune.

“De kio Yami, de waitei ko talla,
de ruan k’niaida ei da nyot a nuot,
De hahi ettu selai, ei nerv kos haikhala,
De gege-uwah shad a lekod ei eris,

De kio Yami, de kio Yami,

Dua demun kio yagis, rumes ei duugs,
Dua tragiy ei erihos kovaiyoah,
Du kimuras, kimtark, delshi ei urgege,
Du waitei bel rua gegar ei chyure,

De kio Yami, de kio Yami.”

Altia finished the song with a gentle strum on the lute and bowed as the audience broke out into applause.

Translation:

I am Dragonkin, I live in mountains
I love life(nature) and my kinsmen/women
I fly through sky and bathe in the day-light(sun)
I happy-roar with a head and high
I am Dragonkin, I am Dragonkin
Our scales are reds, greens and blues,
Our honour and tradition uncountable
We sing, dance, feel and laugh
We live for love, fun and discovery
I am Dragonkin, I am Dragonkin
Track Name: Amelia Golding, Josephine Allan - I So Liked the Spring
I So Liked Spring by Charlotte Mew

I so liked Spring last year
Because you were here; -
The thrushes too -
Because it was these you so liked to hear -
I so liked you.

This year's a different thing, -
I'll not think of you.
But I'll like the Spring because it is simply Spring
As the thrushes do.
Track Name: Josephine Allan - Dream's Epilogue
Epilogue from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

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