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The Art of Disappearing

by Cameron Lam

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Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Tracery
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Meditation on the Plums I
Geist String Quartet - Scattered Like A Broken Crusader (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound")
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Elegie
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Athenian Jar
Geist String Quartet - Silence Resonating Into Sound (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound")
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Enduring Ritual
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - Meditation on the Plums II
Geist String Quartet - That Which Was Always There (from String Quartet No.2 "Time Echoes Your Sound")
Jenny Duck-Chong, Geist String Quartet - The Art of Disappearing II


"The Moon that broke on the fence post will not hold,
Desire will not hold, memory will not hold"

The Art of Disappearing is a song cycle meditating on the nature of grief. Slowly transforming from stasis - where is everything is arresting and alien - grief doesn't leave. It becomes an important and empathetic part of us, as we learn to move again.

The fifth portrait album from Sydney composer, Cameron Lam, weaves together the timbre and expressive depth of mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon) and the vibrant connection of the Geist String Quartet to paint a delicate response to the rhythmic and intensely musical poetry of Sarah Holland-Batt's first book, Aria.


releases May 28, 2019

Composer: Cameron Lam
Poet: Sarah Holland-Batt

Mezzo soprano: Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon)
Geist String Quartet:
Violin I - Sonia Wilson
Violin II - Mia Stanton
Viola - Hayasa Tanaka
Violoncello - James Larsen

Audio Engineer and Producer: Jayson McBride
Executive Producer: Cameron Lam
Record Label: Kammerklang
Cover Art: Luke Moseley

Video Credits:
An Alt. Drift Production
In Association with Kammerklang

"The Echo"
Louisa Poletti - Director/Choreographer/Editor

"The Crusader"
Tommaso Quartani - Choreographer/Artist

Peter Matkaicsek - Cinematographer/Assistant Editor


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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: Jenny Duck-Chong, James Larsen - The Art of Disappearing I
The moon that broke on the fencepost will not hold.
Desire will not hold. Memory will not hold.
The house you grew up in; its eaves; its attic will not hold.
The still lives and the Botticellis will not hold.
The white peaches in the bowl will not hold.
Something is always about to happen.
You get married, you change your name,
and the sun you wore like a scarf on your wrist has vanished.
It is an art, this ever more escaping grasp of things;
imperatives will not still it - no stay or wait or keep
to seize the disappeared and hold it clear, like pain.
So tell the car idling in the street to go on;
tell the skirmish of chesspieces to go on;
tell the scraps of paper, the line to go on.
It is winter: that means the blossoms are gone,
that means the days are getting shorter.
And the dark water flows endlessly on.

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