653 days and other things

It was a busy but hugely rewarding weekend.
Two concerts.
stillmoments poster 653 Days Concert Poster 02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was excellent to work with a number of brilliant performers on these two events.

Here are some pictures of various things.

A few side of stage snaps from ‘653 Days’

Setup for [still moments] at DPAG

souvenir programmes – designed by Dan Inglis

Some other information about the concerts: this article and also this interview:

There were a few pieces premiered this past weekend, and as I slowly sort through the recordings I will share some tracks… but in the meantime, here is one video that we premiered. Created by Ben Woollen, based on the track “Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes” from the album ‘THUS’ by Days At Sea (Rob Burns, Robbie Craigie and myself).
Have a watch here:

Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

Also, the NZTrio along with Sounz – Centre for New Zealand Music, APRA AMCOS and the Universities of NZ, have released individual videos of the performances from their Composition Competition concerts. Here is my piece:

Jeremy Mayall: Fourteen moments for three from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

And finally, I also managed to find time to work on a film score with John Egenes for “The Dairy Diaries” by Ashton Ledger. Here is the little theme tune:

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As a bit of creative fun I decided to create a piece using some taonga puoro recordings I had made with Alistair Fraser. I listened through the recordings, and then started to create a piano piece that would allow Alistairs musical gestures to flow naturally and create a sense of balance between the taonga puoro and the ‘western’ musical parts.

The picture is from the trek in the Himalayas – a path leading down to Namche Bazaar. It seemed appropriate for the feel of the piece.

You can listen to that track here:

He korokoro tūī (remix)

At the end of last year I had the opportunity to create a soundscape for a new contemporary dance work “Whenua” by Karen Barbour.

The work was premiered at a conference at Waikato University.

In the recording and creation of this piece I had the privilege of working with Alistair Fraser playing his selection of taonga puoro. We recorded his parts at the University of Otago Music Department Albany Street Studios with Stephen Stedman.

Have a listen to an edited remix version of the piece below:

L.O.Q.Shun

Yesterday marked the start of a week for premieres including:

– He korokoro tūī : a soundscape for a site-specific dance work by Karen Barbour, featuring taonga puoro by Alistair Fraser. This will be premiered at a conference held at Waikato University.

Flutter and Cut Away the Masts on Saturday at the Otago Museum.

But first, was the premiere of a new vocal piece L.O.Q.Shun premiered on Radio NZ on Sunday afternoon during the Standing Room Only show. It was part of a larger interview about my ongoing work as the Mozart Fellow.

You can check out the full interview here:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=20158331

This piece was developed through discussions with the singer Julia Booth about the work of Alexander Melville Bell on the study of elocution. We started talking about creating a loop-based performance piece in November 2013, and finally ended up in November 2014 with a completed recording of the work!

I had found a book online that he had written called “The Principles of Elocution” from 1887, and based the text of snippets from that book – particularly the second on difficult combinations.
The work is all voices (with reverb and delay effects).
Two vocalists:
soprano – Julia Booth
vocal noises – Jeremy Mayall

Here the work in the audio player below: