INTERCHANGE: Donna's Secret

FUZ015 Release Date 17 January 2020
Recorded 7th & 8th January 2019 @ Angel Recording Studios, London
Co-Producers: Issie Barratt & Olga Fitzroy
Executive Producer: Issie Barratt
Chief Engineer at Angel Recording Studios: Jez Murphy
Tape Op at Angel Recording Studios: Laura Beck
Mixed & mastered by Gerry O'Riordan @ The Soundhouse Studios, London
Photographer: Sarah Hickson
Cover artwork: Judit Matthews
Graphic designer: Isaac Titus-Glover


Issie Barratt: Artistic Director. Baritone saxophone (All 9 tracks). Cowbells on "Kulning"
Jessica Radcliffe: Lead vocals on all tracks apart from "Donna's Secret"
Brigitte Beraha: Lead vocals on "Donna's Secret"
Laura Jurd: Trumpet (All 9 tracks)
Helena Kay: Alto saxophone (All 9 tracks). Clarinet on "Donna's Secret" & "Negomi"
Alyson Cawley: Flute on "Negomi" & "Kulning". Clarinet on "Palmyra". Soprano & tenor saxophones on all tracks apart from "Caliban"
Chelsea Carmichael: Tenor saxophone on "Caliban". Flute on "Negomi" & "Kulning"
Rosie Turton: Trombone (All 9 tracks)
Shirley Smart: Cello (All 9 tracks)
Karen Street: Accordion (All 9 tracks)
Charlie Pyne: Acoustic/electric bass (All 9 tracks) plus 2nd vocals on "Donna's Secret" & "Kulning"
Katie Patterson: Drums on all track apart from "Caliban". Percussion on "Kulning" & "Caliban"
Jas Kayser: Drums on "Caliban". Percussion on "Kulning", "Palmyra" & "Spontaneous Symmetry"
Nikki Iles: Piano on "Negomi"
Zoe Rahman: Piano on "Samla Korna Med Kulning"
Carol Jarvis: Vocals on "Hope"

"I've wanted to work with each of these amazing musicians for years. Avidly listening as they forge their creative paths across the international scene, sharing a mutual keenness to be bold and adventurous with their ideas. Their compositions are highly programmatic & often deeply personal, keenly exploring the full emotional spectrum, while pushing the composed & the improvised to the max. I’m certain this hand-picked ensemble will provide the listener with a unique & exciting programme that offers a broader, more diverse experience than any audience might typically hear!"
(Issie Barratt: Founding Artistic Director)

Issie Barratt's INTERCHANGE is supported by Arts Council England & PRS for Music Foundation

Track list: Eight newly commissioned works, funded by PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and Fuzzy Moon Records.
  1. Still Here - Karen Street (9:33)
    Dedicated to Karen's mother whose ongoing & spontaneous love to dance offers fleeting & unexpected "windows of clarity" amidst her advanced Alzheimer's - showing for a minute or two at least that she is "Still Here"
  2. Donna's Secret (Brigitte Beraha 9:47)
    draws on Brigitte's love of novelist Donna Tartt, & their shared dichotomy of creative solitude; juxtaposing a mutual need for periods of creative aloneness with not wanting to be isolated - A dichotomy the two languages acknowledge & play with, often describing the opposite (A cheeky wink to some terrible novel translations!).
  3. Negomi (Nikki Iles 7:40)
    -"Imogen2 backwards - was the name Kenny Wheeler gave to Nikki's daughter when he first met her (Typical of Kenny's love of word play). Written amidst terrible reports of child refugees stranded in make-shift Calais camps, the opening portrays the innocence of childhood, before moving into the restless turbulence of families who are fleeing for their lives.
  4. Samla Korna Med Kulning (Issie Barratt 11:20)
    depicts the high mountains & deep valleys of the Fennoscandian Peninsula, as women sing their evening herding calls (Kulning) to draw the livestock down from the high pastures, where the herds were grazing all day.
  5. Palmyra (Shirley Smart 11:33)
    A suite in 3 parts drawing on Shirley�s musical influences (from 10 years living in Jerusalem) while also commemorating the destruction of the Syrian city of Palmyra (2014-15), often evoking the defiant & life-affirming optimistic of so many of the survivors.
  6. Spontaneous Symmetry (Tori Freestone 12:44)
    Dedicated to Tori's mother, this piece reflects a fascination with nature's patterns & those whose usual symmetry is often broken, as found in her mother's atrial fibrillation.
  7. Caliban (Cassie Kinoshi 7.51)
    A programmatic depiction of Caliban (from Shakespeare's The Tempest) who has fascinated Cassie greatly ever since her time as composer for The Old Vic Theatre's professional development programme 2016-17.
  8. Hope (Carol Jarvis 7.16)
    Inspired by very a long battle through cancer, juxtaposing the journey's dark, lonely emotions with optimism & hope.