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Melissa (clarinet, viola, piano)

Melissa, a lovely name, and also the Greek word for honeybee. This movement is very dear to my heart. It is lovingly dedicated to Yiayia Marousa, grandmother to me, clarinettist Catherine Thompson, and 11 other wonderful cousins. Marousa arrived in Australia by boat from Greece after World War II with her husband and four young children, including my mum. This could be anyone's story anytime in human history. People have been migrating vast distances since they "found their feet," and I don't believe closing borders, building walls to keep people out, has any benefits for individuals or humanity.

Going back to our roots got me thinking about the roots of the clarinet/viola/piano trio. I went back to the Mozart Kegelstatt and repurposed some of the opening theme, "migrating" it into a kind of pseudo-Greek-folk-song, modelled on the Ikariotiko, the dance native to the island of Ikaria. My roots are islander though not Ikarian. I chose the Ikariotiko because in conversation around this piece Catherine and Neil Thompson had made visits to Ikaria and raved about the honey from this island; a very dark blend that is said to have qualities promoting health and longevity.


from Hive, released June 30, 2017
Composer: Peggy Polias

The Nano Symphony
Viola: Neil Thompson
Clarinet: Catherine Thompson
Piano: Lee Akinsanya

Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Producer: Cameron Lam

Cover Art: Kieren Paynter
Graphic Design: Luke Moseley

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Peggy Polias Sydney, Australia

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter based in Sydney. She prepares scores, parts and other materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She continues to explore the influences of Javanese Gamelan, minimalism, feminism, fractals and handicrafts in her music.
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