'Heavy Forest Air' a live spontaneous musical collaboration between Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell (Sunwrae) is to be released by Kooky on compact disc and via digital download at the end of 2013.
Recorded live by Jared Miller at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, it was an impulsive venture in a hall filled with percussion instruments that began as an experiment following an intensive three-month winter music residency.
The three tracks are suitably bound by Eugene's stylish labyrinth of rhythms on all things percussive and Rae's minimalistic prowess on marimba and vibraphone.
Heavy Forest Air is a mellifluent sound world, unclassifiable, yet superbly ceremonious. Eugene serendipitously changes between udu, congas, gongs, water bowls and many other drums, providing solid, yet continuously surprising rhythmic backbones to Rae's creations on melodic percussion.
Rae has also collaborated with another Kooky favourite New Buffalo on the release 'Trigger'.
She is however best known though for her Sunwrae Ensemble which has played many shows across Australia where her live shows have received much critical acclaim engaging and visually stimulating, Sunwrae stylishly captivate audiences with textured with persuasive rhythms and spectacular improvisation! Howell's compositions are a rare treat, crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz and cinematic music with surprising immediacy and vibrancy rarely experienced in contemporary music today.
See Sunwrae here.