Dave Lisik | The Curse of the Queen's Diamond

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The Curse of the Queen's Diamond

by Dave Lisik

The Curse of the Queen’s Diamond is a new collection of works composed by Dr. David Lisik for a small chamber ensemble of improvising musicians, featuring scholar and performer of traditional New Zealand Māori instruments (taonga pūoro), Dr. Richard Nunns
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Part 1: Origin
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2. Part 2: The Nest
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3. Part 3: Echo
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4. Part 4: Early Development
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5. Part 5: In Hiding
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6. Part 6: Call For Help
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7. Part 7: Mercy
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8. Part 8: Education
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9. Part 9: Contribution
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10. Part 10: Echoes
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11. Part 11: Passing On
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12. Part 12: Closing
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The Curse of the Queen's Diamond is inspired by the curse of the Koh-i-Noor (mountain of light), once the largest known diamond in the world and currently part of the British Crown Jewels. India and Britain dispute the proper ownership of the diamond and a Hindu text from the 1300s describes a curse that will dethrone or harm male monarchs who wear the gem.


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William Dart, Radio New Zealand

LISIK: The Curse of the Queen's Diamond
LISIK: The Curse of the Queen's Diamond

Dave Lisik (tpt), Amy Rempel (pno), Colin Hemmingsen (bcl), Paul Dyne (bass), Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro)

(Rattle RAT J 1005)

"My final release today features a stellar ensemble by local standards. The opening track reveals the strengths of this new album — five musicians acutely tuned to what one another are doing, of the basic tenets of most music-making, and absolutely vital when it comes to jazz. The album cover offers the briefest description of what lies behind the 12 tracks or just under an hour of music — the famous Kohinoor diamond, currently in the British Crown Jewels, is now a subject of disputed ownership between India and Britain. Adding a little mystery of it all is a Hindu curse from the 14th century predicting that no good will come of any male monarch who dares to wear the gem. I suspect Rattle is a little concerned about finding a market for this release, describing it as an album for connoisseurs, those with more than a casual listening attitude. But, quite honestly, you’d have to have ears of cloth and a soul of cast iron, not to get a charge from ensemble playing like this. The Curse of the Queen's Diamond is such a marvelous piece of ensemble writing and the perfect vindication of Rattle’s philosophy that they are not interested in musical barriers."