Golden Bird (2014)
Golden Bird is written for any solo woodwind instrument and piano. I wanted to write a piece where the piano joins after a prolong solo opening.
From the score: "the soloist is the bird, the piano is the cage"
Peter Smith comes from a background as a classical clarinettist, completing undergraduate (2009) and postgraduate (2012) studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has also been a casual lecturer in musicology for the past five years. As a freelance clarinettist, he has had numerous engagements with high profile ensembles, including the Sydney Chamber Opera, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Halcyon, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous recitals at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Peter also currently teaches clarinet performance at the Australian Institute of Music.
In recent years, Peter has increasingly devoted himself to the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). In addition to using it as a concert instrument (his recital as part of the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in 2013 is almost certainly Australia's first solo classical EWI recital), Peter has built up a loyal online following producing multi-tracked covers of music from video games. He has released 4 albums of his own covers, and appeared on numerous cover album releases by Gamelark, The Materia Collective, Pixel Mixers, and Multiplayer. He was also a guest musician on 'Determination: Purple Side' by RichaadEB and Ace Waters, an album of covers from 'Undertale' which reached No. 1 in the Bandcamp charts in 2016.
His video game music covers can be found on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Soundole
Alison Cameron is an Australian pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and educator. She studied with Larry Sitsky and David Miller graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Music with Honours majoring in Accompaniment Studies and a Graduate Diploma of Education.
In 2006 Alison travelled to London to work as an accompanist and teacher. She has performed as soloist and associate artist for recordings, broadcasts, concerts and competitions throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
This is Alison’s second recording for Kammerklang.