Colin Currie

“The duo with Ha°kan Hardenberger is my musical safe space for maximum risk-taking.” - Colin Currie

Colin Currie and Ha°kan Hardenberger have earned a reputation as fearless innovators. The charismatic and virtuosic percussion and trumpet duo have performed and commissioned music together for over a decade. On 26 October, they will release their first recording together - The Scene of the Crime - on Colin Currie Records. This is the second release on Currie’s label, which launched in March 2018 with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming. The new album presents four works commissioned and written for Currie and Hardenberger alongside André Jolivet’s Heptade, originally written for Maurice André and Sylvio Gualda.

The album takes its name from Brett Dean’s 2017 composition ...the scene of the crime..., which is the Australian composers homage to the pair’s skill and infectious drive, scored for trumpet, flugelhorn and drum kit.

Joe Duddell’s Catch pairs marimba and trumpet in a lively, up-tempo score blurring the musical hierarchy of soloist and accompanist. Tobias Brostro¨m’s Dream Variations evokes the paintings of Swedish artist Claes Eklundh through use of sustained percussion including Java gongs, vibraphone, and dubaci. The music of Daniel Bo¨rtz is often mystical and highly emotive, and Dialogo 4 is no exception, the trumpet and percussion in partnership creating an immersive atmosphere.

Written in 1971, Andre´ Jolivet’s Heptade is the earliest work on the album, and is perhaps the archetypal 20th-century pairing of these two instruments. The late French composer’s music tasks Hardenberger with a fiendish trumpet part while Currie deftly handles a dizzying array of unpitched percussion throughout.

Colin Currie comments:

“The duo with Ha°kan Hardenberger is my musical safe space for maximum risk-taking. From my earliest point of connection with this most regal of musicians, what entranced me was the fearless audacity of the endeavour. Envelopes pushed, or simply reinvented, boundaries moved and canvasses recast. Rehearsals are intense; not many words spoken, a glance here or there, a certain type of breath taken, whilst the concerts are zones of feverish intensity, many-coloured and highly emotional. Too many now to pick out - San Francisco, Seoul, Verbier, London, the Hanover concert with three World Premieres - I want to thank him for his encouragement, daring, humour and above all, friendship.”

Future release plans on the label include an album of music by Steve Reich, recorded live in Paris at the Fondation Louis Vuitton with the composer and Colin Currie Group, as well as a solo recital disc featuring works for percussion by Carter, Xenakis, Stockhausen, Hosokawa, Mantovani and Wallin.


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