Bookookoorara ~ Sam Pankhurst

Sam Pankhurst’s “Bookookoorara” sparkles and glistens like the waters for which it’s named. The crystalline high frequencies of vibraphone rub up against the climbing microtones of prepared piano in an endlessly fascinating pattern. Sam’s double bass grounds the music, cycling…

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Sam Pankhurst’s “Bookookoorara” sparkles and glistens like the waters for which it’s named. The crystalline high frequencies of vibraphone rub up against the climbing microtones of prepared piano in an endlessly fascinating pattern. Sam’s double bass grounds the music, cycling through subtly shifting variations. Greg Harm’s mesmerizing, glittering video textures are a perfect complement.
“Bookookoorara, the ‘fast running creek’ is just nearby and feels to me to be a kind of boundary etched by time. What I’ve tried to evoke in some way with this piece is a sense of the many streams and torrents that have passed down that creek bed and out to ‘I don’t know where’. I feel a great sense of privilege in being afforded this opportunity to create a new work from the comfort of my home during this pandemic. I’m not sure what the relevant academic parlance would be right now so at the risk of sounding a bit dated; the piece relies quite heavily on what I’d call a kind of ‘macro’ version of phasing where the vibraharp and piano are repeating arpeggios of differing lengths in rhythmic unison. As the arpeggios run their course you get what I guess is a fairly hypnotic and calming brand of minimalism… That old chestnut!” – S.P.
Prepared Piano – Erik Griswold
Vibraphone – Vanessa Tomlinson
Double bass, recording & mixing – Sam Pankhurst
Mastering – Jake Miller
Video – Greg Harm
Samuel Pankhurst is an Australian contrabassist, composer, improviser, producer, curator, and interdisciplinary artist. Samuel has performed with Allan Browne OAM, Katie Noonan, Missy Higgins, Louis Burdett, John Rose, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Brian Ritchie (USA), and indigenous
artists William Barton and Aunty Delmae Barton. He is a member of the Australian Art Orchestra and has premiered works by Alvin Lucier (USA), Nicole Lizee (CAN), and Paul Grabowsky. Pankhurst’s collaboration with Butchulla songman Fred Leone – Yirinda – combines ancient Butchulla songlines with Samuel’s eclectic contrabass and compositional style.

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