Arcadia Winds are delighted to partner with ABC Classics for the release of our debut self-titled EP!
The EP traces our journey as an ensemble thus far, bringing light to the music we love and the values we uphold. The title Arcadia Winds is as much a manifesto as it is our name. It’s a celebration of the fun and energy that inspires our collective music making, our passionate advocacy for new Australian music, and our role as ambassadors for wind music.
Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for wind quintet headlines the EP. It explores a series of deceptively simple musical ideas that take the listener on a rollercoaster ride through a breathtaking landscape of wind sounds. Lachlan Skipworth’s new work, Echoes and Lines, is next. In this work Skipworth challenges the conventional wisdom that winds are more difficult to blend than strings, combining the five instruments of the wind quintet in a truly groundbreaking way. Flute and oboe become “floboe”, horn and basson become “bassorn” in a way that simultaneously befuddles and enthralls the ears. Percy Grainger’s Walking Tune, a stunningly beautiful stroll through the English countryside, and Julio Medaglia’s Choro em Berlin, a racous and thrilling South American tango, round out the EP.
You can purchase a hard-copy CD from BandCamp
or a digital copy from iTunes or Google Play