As Mark Moss pointed out in his SingOut! review, the background information on the CD is a bit sparse, so here are some track-by-track details: Helen and Ian are joined on this recording by percussionist Peter Kennard, cellist Julian Thompson, yayla tanbur player Paul Koerbin and members of the Canberran wildlife community. We should also point out that this release marks Helen's recording debut as a pixiphonist. 1. O Tula (Zulu) ‘your mother is in the hills, on the zigzag trail…she will bring you a treat.’ Peter plays shakers and metal percussion, Ian plays cittern and guitar. 2. Nani Nani (Sephardic) The chld's mother sings: 'sleep, my soul, my life’, while the father says: 'I come home very tired from ploughing the fields.' Helen's voice merges at the end with a swarm of bees and some drones from a passing double bass ... 3. Gleam Improvisation with Peter Kennard on percussion and Julian Thompson on cello, Helen's voice and Ian's soprano sax. 4. Rozinkes mit Mandlen (Yiddish) A widow sings a song of prophecy ‘…it will be your calling – trading in raisins and almonds…some day you will wander the world, you will grow rich, someday…’ Ian plays keyboards, and duets on bass clarinet with Helen. Peter plays junk percussion. 5. Le Chat à Jeanette/ Cola (French) 'when he wants to make himself beautiful, he washes his nose with saliva...' Helen duets with Tiger, a small kitten with a mighty purr. Ian plays melodica, soprano sax and cittern - from Canberran maker Gillian Alcock. Peter plays frame drum. 6. Pium Paum (Finnish) ‘innocently…cradle swinging…enjoy your life…some day bells will clang…your soul will roam on’ The piece begins with a peal of saucepans from Peter. Ian plays guitar, Helen plays pixiphone. 7. Akh ty nochenka (Russian) ‘dark little night…with whom shall I pass the time? We do not live peacefully as one…’ Ian plays four bass clarinets. 8. Dust Improvisation with bass clarinet, joined by voice, percussion, gu-cheng (a Chinese zither) and cello. 9. Ela hypne (Greek) '...grow big as a mountain, straight and tall as a cypress tree.' The crickets of Canberra set the scene: Ian plays thumb piano and brass-strung harp [by the Rigby brothers of Victoria: James and Andy]. The harp also appears at the end, wind-driven by a backyard breeze. Paul Koerbin makes a cameo appearance on yayla tanbur, which resembles a bowed bass banjo. 10. La rivyer Tanier (Creole) Concerning African slaves who had to find extra food to survive. '...walking by the river Tanier, I meet an old grandma and an old grandpa fishing. They say: 'one must work to eat…’ Ian plays harp, bass, melodica, reed organ. Peter gives the junk percussion another workout. 11. Sofðu unga ástin mín (Icelandic) ‘...the rain is crying... black sand, glaciers, bones ...' A dialogue for voice and guitar based on an Icelandic lullaby. Ian plays guitar and sax, which introduces fragments of the 17th century English dance tune 'Lull me beyond thee'. 12. Naa ska'en liten (Norwegian) ‘now the little one shall have sleep so sweet…so warm and so soft…’ Voice and piano improvise freely around this Norwegian lullaby. 13. Ba ba (Micmac) Two harps here, both from the Rigbys, one nylon and one brass strung. Seedpod shakers and a big goatskin tambourine. 14. Flicker Ian: soprano sax. Julian: cello. Helen: voice. Peter: percussion, gu-cheng. 15. Fi la nanae mi bel fiol (Italian) Ian plays tenor recorder and bass harmonica. Helen duets with herself as mother and crone... 16. Suo gân (Welsh) ‘nothing is able to disturb your composure…smiling gently…do not fear, only a leaf beats on the door…a little wave makes a lapping noise on the seashore…’ Voice and piano. 17. Om Tare (Tibetan mantra, melody by Helen) Just voice ... Tara is a female Buddha loved in Tibet: she is a symbol of compassionate action.