Flowers Still Bloom is a new album from guitarist, composer and creative educator, Michelle Nelson. It is the result of her experiences in the midst of Melbourne’s first lockdown, encountering what so many other musicians did – the lack of work and isolation. It gave her the time and space to contemplate life as we knew it and know it.
Flowers Still Bloom is Michelle’s third release and it reflects some of the unique themes of our time – death of a loved one, seasonal motifs, and time spent in lockdown.
Michelle joins forces with harpist Megan Reeve in the deeply moving Falling Ashes and Floating Free. In Eight Bagatelles for Recorder & Guitar the sweet pairing of guitar and recorder are heard in joyful play. In the true spirit of isolation there are solo pieces for guitar and ukulele, with the Isolation Suite rounding out the album and conveying through Michelle’s performance the many ups and downs of solitude.
The tracks: All pieces by Michelle Nelson
Two Pieces for Harp and Guitar: Falling Ashes/ Floating Free
La despedida (The farewell) solo guitar
Short & Sweet: Three Pieces for Concert Ukulele Poco Allegro: expressivo e rubato/ Vivace: quasi waltz style/Moderato: delicato e rubato
Isolation Suite for solo guitar 1-4: Isolationist/ Quietude/ Steel Grey/ Sunset Reflection
Eight Bagatelles for Recorder and Guitar: Allegro/ Poco allegro/ Giocoso/ Poco allegro e cantabile/ Piacevole/ Poco adagio/ Animato/Allegro e sempre legato
Isolation Suite for solo guitar 5-8: Rising Tensions/ Anamnesis/ Endure/ Flowers Still Bloom
The performers: Megan Reeve · harp · tracks 1 and 2/ Will Hardy · recorder · tracks 11—18/
Michelle Nelson · guitar