2 months have flown by

It is hard to believe that I have already been the Mozart Fellow at Otago Uni for 2 months! It feels like I am still getting started - meeting all the various talents that inhabit this beautiful place. Here is a bit of a catch up on the things that I have been working on [...]

2013 Reflections

It is the beginning of 2014, a new calendar year and I am sitting next to my son while he plays 'endless alphabet' on the iPad with concentrated skill and fury. I find myself thinking about everything that happened over the last year - it has been a pretty hectic 365 days! Some of the [...]

Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm

'Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm' is a suite in seven movements for piano trio and boombox. It was written for The New Zealand Chamber Soloists (Katherine Austin, Lara Hall and James Tennant) and was premiered on the 19th September 2013. During the early stages of writing this piece I got together with my frequent collaborator [...]

Nearly the end of November.

Again it has been awhile between posts. Life always gets hectic at this time of year... and it seems especially so when trying to finish a PhD, pack up the house into storage, and teach summer school among everything else. But oh well, by christmas time I will have time for a break. In the [...]

Reconstructions

As part of my phd work I writing, reading and refining a lot of text. But I also have been thinking about, and revisiting, my music. As part of that process, I have been working on a reconstruction of my piece "The Foggy Field". This is still a work in progress, but I thought I [...]

Where things are at…

It has been a hectic past few weeks... and looks to be more of the same until October. Things that have been going on recently: You can now find all of the videos from my PhD Concert Showcase collected in one handy little vimeo channel. You can find those videos here. Writing more words for [...]

The Long White Cloud (video)

This is the final video from the concert recordings. At the concert this piece was performed under the title "They say a word is dead". But after some discussions, and a long timing thinking about possibilities... the piece was re-worked, re-arranged and had some new parts written to make the piece better suited to support [...]

The Norse Suite (video)

This is the second to last piece from the concert videos, and there are two different versions of the piece available to be watched: The Norse Suite - concert version & The Norse Suite - final version The difference between the two videos is that after the premiere performance (concert version), I made some revisions [...]

The Foggy Field (video)

The next installment from the concert videos is here. Writing a piece like this is always fun, because being partly improvised - you know that there will be some stuff that will happen as expected, and then there will be somethings that happen in the moment that really stop you in your tracks. Working with [...]