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Dylan Crismani: Shades of Blue
Dylan Crismani cristal baschet • Gabrielle Smart piano
The surprising harmonies and sounds of Australia’s first microtonal cristal baschets chase the colours and textures of a landscape of sea, sky and hills.
Early in 2020, Dylan Crismani was commissioned by Arts SA to build Australia’s first Cristal Baschet, a rare and unusual instrument of French origin: designed by the Baschet brothers around 1952, it consists of slender glass rods which, when stroked gently, produce an otherworldly sound which is then transmitted to metal rods and amplified through fibreglass cones.
For this unique instrument, Dylan Crismani has written Shades of Blue, inspired by Wara Wayingga, a dune system on the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) coastline that is still home to a plethora of native flora and fauna. Atop the system of dunes, he writes, ‘one is surrounded by various shades of blue from the ocean, sky, and Adelaide hills.’ The mysterious sound of the cristal baschet connects performer and listener with Wara Wayingga and the beauty and power of the natural world.
Shades of Blue was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.