Hatch (2018)

Together with his recent quartet release Blueprints and Vignettes, Steve Barry’s solo piano album Hatch boldly announces a new direction in his music. It is an outstanding collection from one of Australia’s most inventive and accomplished composer/improvisers.
— Joseph O'Connor, LoudMouth Magazine, 2nd June 2018

Hatch is a collection of 19 solo piano works that explores the broad yet fluid spectrum between composed and improvised, and which formed a major component of Barry’s PhD portfolio. The music reflects influences from a diverse milieu of piano music and in which Barry has found inspiration as a composer and improviser; echoes of Bach, Debussy, Bartok, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Elliot Carter can be heard alongside freely improvised extrapolations of the notated scores.

Hatch was released through the New Zealand-based contemporary music label Rattle Records, and reached #9 on the RNZ Classical Charts in July 2018.

Dreamreader - Score & Audio

Dreamreader is inspired by the vivid, mystical imagery evoked by Haruki Murikami in his novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985). Split into two parallel narratives set respectively in a Kafkaesque modern day Tokyo and walled village surrounded by foreboding forests and golden beasts, Murikami explores the nature of consciousness and the self through each protagonist’s journey through their respective worlds.