by Michael Bonaventure

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'Darenth' is a cycle of tone poems composed almost entirely of drones, tone-clusters and obsessive pulsating figures, given inner animation by means of subtle - and occasionally not so subtle - shifts in timbre, density and dynamics. This album contains the first three pieces in the cycle. They are scored for the organ, an instrument that appeals to me because of its kaleidoscopic tonal potential and limitless capacity to sustain sound, qualities that are exploited very fully in the music presented here.

I find landscapes particularly inspiring, as well as sounds - from any source - that seem to evoke the unseen world. When I saw the place-name 'Darenth' for the first time, on a signpost while travelling through north west Kent, England, a few years ago, my instant feeling was of things both slightly supernatural - or extra-terrestrial - and indistinctly sonic. I was very drawn by that feeling, and consequently produced this set of pieces.

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released April 4, 2013

All music composed, performed and edited by Michael Bonaventure. Recorded June - July 2012.



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Michael Bonaventure London, UK

Born 1962 in Edinburgh, UK, Bonaventure is a composer and a leading advocate of new music, having premiered over 70 new works for the organ. He has concertised throughout the UK and internationally, on BBC Radio 3, and made many highly-regarded CDs. Recent compositions include the 'DARENTH', 'IN ORBIT' and 'DRAGON' cycles for organ, various ensemble works and an extended motet 'O VIRGO VIRGINUM'. ... more

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