Cherry Mint Koala | Beguiling Transmissions

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Beguiling Transmissions

by Cherry Mint Koala

Achingly beautiful and melodic song interpretations from UK based contemporary classical piano trio.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Let the Body Go
4:41 $0.50
2. Aurora
7:27 $0.50
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3. The Calm
5:19 $0.50
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4. Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag)
4:19 $0.50
5. The Last Post / It's a Long Way to Tipperary
4:22 $0.50
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6. Luco
5:56 $0.50
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7. Keep Driving
5:42 $0.50
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8. I Feel Love
4:59 $0.99
9. A Stone's Throw
5:00 $0.50
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10. Sleeping Beauty
4:11 $0.50
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11. Waiting for Green
4:57 $0.50
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12. The Forecaster
6:37 $0.50
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cherry Mint Koala are Mark Northfield (piano), Charlie Brown (violin) and Tony Woollard (cello). Mark originally collaborated with Charlie and Tony while recording his album 'Alterations', and the majority of Beguiling Transmissions consists of instrumental reworkings of songs from Mark's back catalogue. These reworkings were originally commissioned for dance projects at ArtsEd in London, UK, where Mark is the head ballet pianist for the school of musical theatre.

Mark's music is richly textured and full of warm, accessible melodies, often infused with melancholic yearning. There are undeniable romantic and 20th Century classical influences present (Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Piazolla, Weill, Bryars) alongside more contemporary pop/rock shadings (Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rufus Wainwright, Yann Tiersen). A few tracks veer in specific directions such as tango (Aurora) or near-minimalism (Luco, Keep Driving). Throughout, the original song structures remain intact and create a distinct classical-crossover style to proceedings.

There are some cover versions featured too: a passionate Spanish-flavoured waltz version of Donna Summer's disco smash 'I Feel Love' and an unnerving rendition of World War One marching song 'Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag)' which sees the jaunty original steadily pulled apart into hellish aggression - most definitely the album's darkest moment. Immediately after that, a companion WW1-related piece gently interweaves the melodies of 'The Last Post' and 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary' together into something truly poignant.

All the recording sessions for Beguiling Transmissions were filmed and can be found on YouTube.

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For releases under his own name, Mark Northfield has been described variously as 'a maverick genius' (Rhythm & Booze), 'a treasure' (Bluesbunny) and 'an excellent composer with a firm grasp on what he wants to accomplish' (Altsounds). He has recorded several albums and EPs over the past decade and a half, and also created a quirky bunch of videos which can be seen on his YouTube channel (expect choreography, DIY animation, puppets, drag-zombie action etc).

Tony Woollard is a recording artist in his own right, with a well regarded solo cello album to his name ('Cello Journey'). His YouTube channel is Tony Cello and features many of his performances, including some very clever multi-layered pieces. He adds to this collection quite regularly.

Charlie Brown has worked with a diverse range of artists including Damon Albarn, Tim Minchin, Caro Emerald and Scott Walker, and he records music for film and television. As if that wasn't enough, he has also been extensively involved in theatre productions for the past six years, often as band leader (25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables, Ghost, Spring Awakening, Lord Of The Rings).

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