David Chesworth Ensemble
Vanishing Tekopia is a brand new album by the David Chesworth Ensemble. Music of classic Chesworthian proportions. Music that is both a requiem to and a consequence of the process of cultural absorption and assimilation.
Two singers have joined the the ensemble and have mastered an invented phonetic language which has been specially devised by Chesworth for this album.
Drift Daughters of Canamah
Dee Dang Dang
Luna Camor Lordi
The Bundana Stramm
Vanishing Tekopia refers obliquely to a tiny island with a small population and distinctive culture that is slowly vanishing beneath the Pacific Ocean as global warming increases sea levels. But it also refers to many minority cultural ‘islands’ throughout the world which are under threat of vanishing, as pressures from larger environmental, political and economic forces take their toll. These include the Hmong in Laos, the Ogoni in the Niger Delta and the Naga in northern India.
'The CD is mesmerising and surprising. One minute you want to drift off to an exotic, less frenzied place and the next it grabs your attention with its own frenzy, making you sit up and wonder. It’s not easy listening yet in the next instant it becomes heartbreakingly lyrical and beautiful...' Arts Hub