Before Time Could Change Us is a cycle of songs set to love lyrics by the late Dorothy Porter, which I composed during 2003 as a result of a commission from the Queensland Music Festival. Dot’s words are magnificent: she always had the power to compress complex ideas into a few well chosen – and musical – lines, or even just single explosive words. The music runs the gamut from jazz and latin-informed structures to something more approaching art-song. Katie Noonan, who possesses rare and exquisite vocal talents, sings them beautifully, and the band, in which I am joined by Scott Tinkler, trumpet, Philip Rex, bass and Simon Barker on drums, play up a storm. This album won an ARIA in 2005.
Listen: Incapable of Caution