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Frieze 05:25
Legions 07:29
Gears 04:18
Unknowing 04:25
Whirlwind 08:11
Wagon Wheel 04:31


Dave Douglas writes a brand new suite for Monash Art Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra including some of Melbourne’s finest players.

Scored for four winds, four brass, four strings, and four percussion, including electronics, Fabliaux introduces new language into the vernacular of contemporary improvised music, looking forward while looking back.

Fabliaux draws inspiration from composers of the early 14th century French Ars Nova, most notably Guillaume De Machaut. Using ideas of hocket, isorhythm, and modal counterpoint as points of departure, Fabliaux takes the players on a journey into unimagined territory.

Improvisation mixes with timbre and structure in unexpected ways, with the Australian orchestra meeting the American trumpeter on the fertile ground of exploration and discovery.


released December 4, 2015

Dave Douglas | Monash Art Ensemble

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Lauchlan Davidson, flute / clarinet / soprano saxophone
Rob Burke, clarinet / alto saxophone
Paul Cornelius, tenor saxophone
Mirko Guerrini, bass clarinet / baritone saxophone
Ben Harrison, trumpet
Niran Dasika, trumpet
Jordan Murray, trombone
Craig Beard pitched percussion
Paul Grabowsky, piano and fender rhodes
Peter Knight, electronics
Kieran Rafferty, drums
Geoff Hughes, guitar
Elizabeth Sellers, violin
Will Martina, cello
Marty Holoubek, contrabass

Production credits:
Recorded March 15 & 16, 2014
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Monash University, Clayton, Victoria
Produced by Paul Grabowsky & Dave Douglas
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Project Coordinator: Rob Burke

All compositions & arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)


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Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City.


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