To mark our 10th anniversary, Josie and the Emeralds are recording a CD of music by Brooke Green. Inspired by the phoenix who rises from the ashes, there is a theme of transformation: of hope after sorrow, of triumph over adversity.
Over the last couple of years, we have been recording many of Brooke’s works – we plan to release this CD on Tall Poppies by the end of 2021, featuring viol players Laura Vaughan, Daniel Yeadon, Brooke Green, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Laura Moore and theorbo player Simon Martyn-Ellis.
Brooke’s music creates new repertoire for the viol and draws attention to Australia’s suppressed or forgotten histories. Shamim and Batoh were refugee children struggling to live and obtain schooling on Nauru. Reza Barati and Hamed Shamshiripour were refugees in detention on Manus Island who died tragically far too young. Singing Mungo Lady tells the story of Mungo Lady’s long journey home.
We’re also making studio recordings of the popular Phoenix Chaconne and a setting of Aphra Behn’s poem: The Dream. Click to view the live concert videos.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible and will be used for the costs of this project: for venue hire, sound engineer, recording producer, editing, mastering, CD manufacturing costs and marketing. We’ve already donated much of our time and money to get this far – we’re excited to be this close – many thanks in advance if you’re able to help us complete this recording which we are sure you will enjoy.