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Sambhala is the original sandskrit spelling of 'Shambhala', meaning a place of perfect happiness and spiritual purity in Indian and Tibetan traditions. The concept refers both to an inner spiritual state as well as an alleged historical place on Earth. This challenging and textural composition for 2 cellos responds to the collective loss of belief in better ways of organising society, and the urgent need to struggle for a new progress narrative. In places the music sounds as if it has been digitally enhanced when in fact all atmospheric effects are produced using special playing techniques on the cellos. The listener has no choice but to listen deeply to this music, which is structured according to a series of evolving and contrasting cycles, at times faintly imitating Indian instruments such as the Sarod and Sitar. After a dramatic climax, the work ends with a spacious sense of opening to new possibilities. The work can also be attempted for 4 or 6 cellos with the parts split evenly. 

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Year:
2012
Category:
Duo
Publisher:
Australian Music Centre
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Recordings:
Minutes:
8
Seconds:
15
Total Number of Instruments:
2

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Cello
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Sambhala