Round & Round

by Helen Ottaway

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A series of paintings and piano pieces by painter Barry Cooper composer/pianist Helen Ottaway. The inspiration for Barry's series of paintings comes from the European Community of Stones amphitheatre outside the Merlin Theatre in Frome, Somerset. Each of Barry's paintings, which are abstract studies on the circle as form, represents one of the stones and the place from which it originates. Each painting is dominated by one colour or pair of neighbouring colours from the colour spectrum. Helen Ottaway's piano pieces were written in response to the paintings and also take the circle as both an inspirational and structuring device. In the same way as the paintings travel round the colour spectrum the pieces move around the musical keys by a cycle of fifths.

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released July 1, 2001

Helen Ottaway (piano)
Barry Cooper (painter)
Angela Coombes (photography, paintings)
Deborah Thomas (photography, Red Velvet Dress)
Al Morrison (photography, portrait)
Recorded by Alastair Goolden at St George's Bristol
Album commissioned by Salisbury Festival
Supported by The Odin Charitable Trust
With thanks to Fiona Haser

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