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Stu Hunter - Composer/PianoSimon Barker - Drums/PercussionCameron Undy - BassCarl Dewhurst - GuitarMatt Keegan - Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Alto ClarinetJulien Wilson - Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Bass ClarinetJames Greening - Trombone, Pocket Trumpet, TubaPhil Slater - TrumpetTina Harrod - VocalsKatie Noonan - VocalsRecorded by David Nicholas @ Studios 301, SydneyMixed by Stu Hunter @ The Habitat, SydneyMastered by William Bowden @ King Willy Sound, Launceston
Stu Hunter - Piano/ComposerMathew Keegan - Tenor SaxJulien Wilson - Tenor SaxJames Greening - Trombone/Pocket TrumpetCameron Undy - BassSimon Barker - Drums
Recorded by David Nicholas at Studios 301, Sydney
Stu Hunter - Piano/ComposerMathew Keegan - Tenor SaxCameron Undy - BassSimon Barker - Drums
Recorded By Richard Belkner@ Paradise Studios, Australia
Even mix of refrains, trains and automobilesReviewed by John ShandSeptember 6, 2011PerformerStu Hunter and Berlin: Symphony of a Great cityBERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY/STU HUNTERArt Gallery of NSW, September 2FILMS and live music often share an uneasy relationship. The eye tends to dominate the ear even when image is intended to be secondary.When a revered silent film such as Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City lines up with an exceptional improvising ensemble, what should the relationship be? For Ruttmann’s 1927 masterpiece, he and four cinematographers spent a year filming Berlin’s teeming life, shaping it into a single day. Hidden cameras and natural light allowed for candid shots of Berliners commuting, working, dining, playing, courting, drinking and dancing.Stu Hunter did not confine his score to a subservient role. Music from his two brilliant jazz suites, The Muse and The Gathering (plus some new material), became a counterpoint rather than a mere adjunct. It was realised by Hunter (piano), James Greening (trombone, pocket trumpet), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone), Matt Keegan (tenor saxophone), Cameron Undy (bass) and Simon Barker (drums).Hunter dismembered his suites to suit the film but did not try to underscore images frame by frame. Apart from other considerations, the editing pace is often too rapid for it to be viable: the music would be grotesquely fussy. But individual improvisers did catch specific action.Overall, Hunter created an almost perfect balance between the power and weight of sound and image. The music was consistently of concert strength yet the film was not swamped, and nor did it dominate the music. A coherent musical narrative emerged that complemented the film.The more propulsive music married particularly well with Ruttmann’s infatuation with trains, trams and traffic. He called his film a ‘’symphony’’ because of its scale and scope, and Hunter’s music matched this in its range of mood, texture, dynamics, tempos and intensity. The only option under-exploited was a powerful one: silence.