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Album of the Week

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posted 07/08/2016

Album of the Week – Sensations Wind, Waves, Birds, and Fire by Margaret Brandman

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‘Sensations Wind, Waves, Birds, and Fire’ by Margaret Brandman is Eastside Radio’s album of the week.

The album we are focusing on this week across the station is one that hosts some lengthy experience and talent, this Australian artists’ career in the music industry spans over 40 years. A lady who has been awarded the International Biographical Society’s “International Woman Of The Year” brings us an album with several of her celebrated compositions.

A record that not only consist’s of chamber orchestra, string orchestra, piano and violin solo’s but also brings us on a journey of stories and ‘sensations’ as Brandman takes on life experiences such as the Blue Mountains’ bush fires which threatened her family home as she brings on sounds of native birds flocking from their nests and the heat of the burning fire. Also taking inspiration from the ocean waves on Australia’s eastern coast, one of this country’s most beloved features.

With thirteen tracks and nearly eighty minutes of joyful sounds Brandman not only greets us with her well acknowledged piano work but we get to hear from Vít Mužík on violin, while Lucie Kaucká and Marcello Maio bring some lovely piano work as well. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Vronsky bring us some powerful sounds to the piece also. Only been released in May this year the album is already getting airplay in America, Indonesia and the U.K to name a few. While receiving remarkable reviews from several different countries and getting national airtime here in Australia, only back in June Brandman was here at Eastside having a chat with another very talented pianist Matt McMahon about her latest release.



Since the previous album that Margaret worked on “Abrazo, The Havana Sessions” contains lots of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz it is no surprise that Brandman has incorporated this with her latest album as on track twelve titled ‘JUCARO RHUMBA D’AMOR‘ we get to hear her passion for the soulful sounds of uplifting Latin American Jazz. Another track that I must draw recognition to is the ninth track on the album called ‘BINNA BURRA DREAMING‘ where we hear Vít Mužík and Lucie Kaucká come in to bring us a track with elements of Australian Aboriginal music which is a joy to listen to as they use a steady beat of the piano to leave us with an impacting sound.

If you want an album that comes from experience, talent and local passion then pick up ‘Sensations’ by Margaret Brandman as she brings us her debut Navona release full of her own compositions that come from everyday life experiences. While you listen to this brand new album you might find yourself wondering where you can witness it live, well you don’t have to look too far as on the 3rd of September Margaret Brandman will be holding her CD launch along with Martin Cooke Baritone in The Sydney Conservatorium of Music for more details log onto classikon.com.


Track Listing

Love Brings Change



Adagio with sensitivity
Vigorously, Langorously

Firestorm Threatening
Now the Tears are Flowing

All the Trees are Growing

Binna Burra Dreaming

The Eastern Spinebill and the sulphur-crested cockatoos herald a Blue Mountains bush fire

Autumn Rhapsody

Jucaro Rhumba D’amor

Spirit Visions

Artist Listing 

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra – Petr Vronsky – Conductor

Margaret Brandman

Vít Mužík

Lucie Kaucká

Marcello Maio

You can follow Margaret Brandman’s career at www.margaretbrandman.com or via her FACEBOOK page. For an extended listen to the album, tune in on Thursday from 1.30PM – 2PM for ‘Album of the Week’ with Josh Crosbie. Don’t forget to also listen out for your opportunity to win a copy of ‘Sensations’ all week. You must be a supporter to win so make sure to sign up at http://eastsidefm.org/support-us-2/. You can also stream the station at WWW.EASTSIDEFM.ORG.


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