Formed in 1993 in Melbourne (Australia) by Renato Gallina (percussion/vocals)
and Matthew Skarajew (stringed instruments),
Trial Of The Bow takes inspiration from
Dead Can Dance to compose exotic/gothic/medieval music
scored for an orchestra of unusual instruments.
The exquisite vignettes of the EP Ornamentation (Release, 1995)
mainly showcased the skills of the duo as arrangers:
The Two Sacred Tapestries of Persia, Inverloch,
From the Mountains of Tangier , Ornamentation.
But Rite Of Passage (Release, 1997) is already a mature work, the
result of a careful process of contrast and superimposition.
The main sources of inspiration are
medieval music (The Court Of The Servant, Alizee,
As Night Falls,
Ceilidh for the Sallow Ground) and
bansuri flute-tinged classical Indian music (Serpent, Muezzin),
but the duo excels at the most evocative pieces (Ubar), that project
vivid images of past life, almost like a gallery of photographs.
The multifaceted instrumentation
(oud, ghaita, Tibetan singing bowl, tabla, saz, hammered dulcimer) is used like
a palette of colors and applied to enhance the nuances of each scene.
And occasionally (The Eyre of Awakening) it reinvents
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