A Rain from the Shadows CD Launch.

The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Saturday 23rd February.

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In a refreshing departure from the stuffy airs and graces one might
normally associate with a string ensemble performance, Adelaide’s own
Zephyr Quartet launches A Rain from the Shadows, their third CD release as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

Each of the ten works on this collaboration inspired or was inspired by
works of poetry. Of particular note was the opening piece “Ewens Ponds”
which, following composer and violinist Belinda Gehlert’s poetic
introduction, conjured imagery of clear, cool water and the serenity of
an underwater sanctuary. The title piece, third on the CD, written by
cellist Hillary Kleinig, drew upon the poetry of Yahia Al-Samawy, an
Iraqui politcal refugee now living in South Australia. Another original
and uniquely crafted piece, “Air” composed by Violinist Emily Tulloch,
was light and breathy with some unusual uses of both voice and
instruments.

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Though dynamically and thematically the music journeyed to interesting,
sometimes lively places, overall the concert allowed the listener to
float, content and uplifted by the buoyant effect of the strings. The CD
itself comes with an anthology of poetry with artwork by Barbara
Coddington of Little Red Hen
Studio
.

Perhaps I’m biased, but the relaxed setting in the Tin Shed at the
Wheatsheaf Hotel was only made more perfect by the offer of special pints of Zephyr Witbeir by Doctors
Order’s Brewing run through the famous glasshopper with coriander and
lemon. Refreshing indeed - a splendid way to spend an evening.

Zephyr Quartet are Belinda Gehlert, Emily Tulloch, Jason Tomas and
Hilary Kleinig. With support from a recent Pozible campaign, the quartet
have been able to launch the CD in Sydney and will perform in Melbourne
on Friday April 26. A Rain from the Shadows will soon be available from
selected retail stores and iTunes. Check the website for details.