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Photo and film credits - Zivanai Matangi and The Centre For the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg
City Deep: Although cast in a fairly accessible tonal language, the work did flirt with experimental extended techniques for both instruments. Yet instead of sounding like a hangover from the bygone avant-garde (which, let’s face it, clicking instrument keys and breath sounds more often than not tend to evoke), Newby and Sullivan brilliantly wove these into the fabric of the work: they sounded like just another hue in a rich and expressive palette of tone colours. Indeed, the performers were master painters here. Newby’s warm and singing clarinet tone, as well as his effortless navigation of long melodic arcs, was contrasted by the focused and gripping punch of Sullivan’s baritone sax playing. Clearly new music sits comfortably under these two performers’ fingers, which in turn allowed them compellingly to guide the audience across the work’s unknown ground.