The Song of Kauri

It is my pleasure to finally share the audio of my musical interpretation of ‘The Song of Kauri‘ by Melinda Szymanik.

There is a audio only version with narration by the author, as well as a video version showing the beautiful illustrations by Dominique Ford. Links are below:

The Song of Kauri from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

Or on YouTube if you prefer: http://youtu.be/GhPa1LoLbfQ

AUDIO ONLY on SoundCloud:

 

Imaginary Communication

My new album Imaginary Communication is available now!

Click here to go to the download site to get the album: available as a pay-what-you-like digital download. All proceeds received from the download of this album will be donated to the Himalayan Trust founded by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Check out the album artwork created by Paul Bradley.

Imaginary Communication Cover

 

Imaginary Communication BackCover

 

Find all album releases here: http://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/releases

Concerts

Coming up this week (August 7th and 8th) is ‘SOUND AND LIGHT: A Mozart Fellow Showcase’. We just finished rehearsal for the show, and it is going to be a great little show. All the works presented involve the skills and talents of a number of great collaborators. It has been an honour to work with all of these people – some for the first time!

At the concert you will get to see a number of premiere performances, including:
– a number of works with lighting designer Martyn Roberts

- ‘Whakaika Nei’ – a new dance film with Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Louise Potiki Bryant – which also features a text written and recited by Rua McCallum, taonga puoro by Horomona Horo, and performance by Jessica Latton.
Here is a still from the film shoot:
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- ‘Signature Asymmetry’ – for percussion (orchestral bass drum, toms, kick and vibes) and fixed media. Performed by Robbie Craigie.
Here is a still from the rehearsal:
IMG_1052All of this along with a new collaboration with the marvelous video artist Dan Inglis.
– ‘FLARE’ also features a performance by Dujon Cullingford.
Here is a still from the film:

 

FOLLOW UP FROM LAST WEEK!

It was also great to be able to get up to Hamilton last weekend to check out the premiere performance of my new composition ‘Late Song’ at the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme performance showcase. The piece involved 4 musicians, 5 singers, 4 dancers, 1 actor, 2 Maori performing artists + video and lights. It is based on a poem by NZ poet Lauris Dorothy Edmond.

Here is a still from the performance:hillaryshow

Sound and Light

On August 7th and 8th I am presenting a showcase concert of new multimedia work called “SOUND AND LIGHT”

This performance will feature a number of premieres of new works I have composed throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
Including:
– Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and backing track. Performed by Robbie Craigie
– Flare – an experimental dance film by Dan Inglis with dance by Dujon Cullingford
– L.O.Q.Shun – a recorded work for voice featuring Julia Booth
– Dark Matter – a sound and light piece in collaboration with Martyn Roberts
– Whakaika Nei – a video dance piece with Louise Potiki Bryant
And a couple of other treats.

There will be an opportunity for an informal Q & A Session following the evening performance.

The performance coincides with the release of my new abum ‘Imaginary Communicaton’ – a suite of pieces for piano and electronics. This will be available for download on a pay-as-you-like basis, with all proceeds going to Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.

Sound and Light: A Mozart Fellow Showcase
When: Thursday 7th August 2014 at 1pm and 7.30pm, Friday 8th August 2014 at 1pm
Where: Allen Hall, University of Otago
Price: $5 (waged) / $3 (unwaged)

Poster FINAL

Subject2Change – new remix

One of the recent projects I have been working on is a remix for the jazz-fusion band ‘Subject2Change‘. The band has a new album to be released later in the year that I helped working on the final mixing process.

As some really early promo for the album Rob Burns has suggested I share the remix so people can hear some of the musical goodness that this group of talented musicians have been working on.

Subject2Change is:
Trevor Coleman – keyboards, trumpet
David Harrison – guitar,
Nick Cornish – alto and soprano saxophones
Dan Bendrups – trombone
Rob Burns – bass guitar
Robbie Craigie – drums

Check out the remix here:

The Song of Kauri

I have had the absolute pleasure of writing some music to accompany the new children’s book by Melinda Syzmanik‘The Song of the Kauri’.

This is a beautiful story. Definitely a book worth picking up and sharing with your kids!

I will share the music after the official launch of the book on August 1st! All are welcome to attend the launch at the Dunedin Public Library. Details below:

Song of Kauri Book Launch

 

Sonic Art Installation

I recently designed a sonic art installation piece called ‘#tinyelephants’.

This work is a soundscape accompanied by a large printing of this photo:

photographic accompaniment to sonic art piece.

#tinyelepahnts- photographic accompaniment to sonic art piece.

The originally purpose for this piece was to be observed in the context of a looping installation.

The sonic art element can be heard here:

#tinyelephants from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

People doing exciting things

It has been awhile since I have done one of these, but there are lots of people I know who are doing exciting things that you should definitely check out.

Rather than discussing specific projects, I will just provide a link to their facebook pages and you can click like and keep up to date with all the fun!

Music:
Mr Roberelli | SJD | Big Muffin Serious Band | Fortunes | Stephen Gallagher | Adam Page | Richter City Rebels | Horomona Horo | Nick Granville | James Hill | Julia Booth | Ed Zuccollo | Geysers | Paddy Free | Chris Lam Sam | Santiago Canon Valencia | Bambino | The Scorelocks Collective | Collie Mai Music | Diaz Grimm | The Porch | Anonymouz | Mighty People |

 

Film/Art/Photography/Theatre:
Chasing Time Productions | Indiefilm | A couple of Night Owls | Dylan is Yes | Brook James | Lou Potiki Bryant | Angela Keoghan | Cuttapea | Tuff Animation | Apocalypse Lounge | Seventeenthirty7 | Cakeburger | ACLX | Big Kid Films | Diprose Media | Paul Bradley | Pure Mint Photography | Taus Ceramic |

I have probably missed some people – but at least it is a start! Check out all these peoples work – they are doing awesome creative things. Don’t miss out!

Country-Folk-Remix

Recently I have been working on a couple of remix projects. One for jazz-fusion band ‘Subject 2 Change’ featuring staff from the Otago Music Department. The other is a couple of tracks from the album ‘The Stone Soup Sessions‘ by John Egenes. 

Drawing from the stems available on the remix site John has, I selected two tracks to remix. The first is the track ‘Little Bird’ – a lovely little folky tune featuring acoustic guitar and vocals. I took that extended it out a little, edited the vocals and replaced the acoustic guitar with a percussive accompaniment. Here is my remix version:

The other track I went for is a song called ‘Crazy Sons of Bitches’. I took this country tune and rearranged sections, removed some stuff, and added some synth bass, electronica drums and some distorted harmonica to create this kind of electro-blues version of the tune:

Free downloads of both tracks are available on Soundcloud.

Premiere of New Dance Piece

Recently I have been working on a collaborative dance piece with the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance Louise Potiki Bryant, and Rua McCallum

This short video work will be premiered with live dance performance elements at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on this coming Saturday, 21st June.

Following that, a video only version of the piece will be presented online and sent to festivals.

More details about the premiere concert below:

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