Exhibitions, Concerts and Sleep

Things have been going on… to read more about PLUNGE that happened at Ramp Gallery CLICK HERE

Also, to check out the photos from the MUSICAL PORTRAITS event with Mark Hamilton go HERE

Now, straight after that I went to Chengdu to go to the Blue Roof Museum with Gareth Williams to help install an art exhibition.

It was a large show, and had it’s challenges, but was a pretty interesting and entertaining experience! Great to be able to share this work with people in China.

A shot of the installation of my work “Kia rongo i te tāwara o te wai” in the Blue Roof Museum – a collaboration with Ben Woollen and Horomona Horo.

Upon my return I took part in the “SPRING ADVENTURES IN SOUND” concert. Here it was great to perform “4’33” by John Cage and “Pendulum Music” by Steve Reich, along with some original work in collaboration with Kent Macpherson as “RAG DALI”

 

And coming up next… “TO SLEEP” – a sleep concert. Working again with Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley and Aaron Chesham we will be presenting a 9hour concert designed for you to sleep through!

The concert starts at 10pm on Saturday 22nd October and ends around 7am on Sunday 23rd. About 9hours of multimedia-enhanced sleep! Live music and art. Together. While you lie back and experience the slowly shifting states.

Put it in your calendars now and then come prepared with something to sleep in and on. It will be quite an experience! Tell your friends.

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PLUNGE

The next big project for me is PLUNGE – A multisensory immersive installation at Ramp Gallery.

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PLUNGE explores new ways of experiencing and discovering art – by having visitors use all five of their senses.  You will be tasting, smelling, touching and hearing (along with the usual ‘seeing’).

PLUNGE is the result of ongoing explorations and collaborations between experts in sight, sound, taste, scent and touch. An immersive experience where new sonic artworks are further activated by connecting to other stimulus receptors. This is a very intimate exhibition, which requires the audience to become part of the artwork.

Each piece stimulates different senses and explores ideas of perception and the fluctuating human experience of time. Each work features a sound element created by Jeremy Mayall, which has been paired with collaborators in different fields: Dan Inglis and James Sutherland (moving image); Paul Bradley (visual art); Jamieson Hudson (baking/design); Demeter Fragrance Library (perfume). Along with the skilled support of specialist craftsman/artists/technicians Tony Nicholls, Owen Mayall and Brad Morgan to help construct each experience.

The inspiration for PLUNGE comes from ongoing compositional experiments by Jeremy, along with a range of neuroscientific studies, which explore the concept that none of our senses work in isolation, and that they are deeply interconnected and influential on one another. The works, through the common thread of musical composition, explore an ever changing thread of consciousness where you begin to notice the way that your brain shifts perceptions between our internal and external worlds. These works create a state that engages the brains own tendency to build worlds, find patterns and make connections, allowing the multi-sensory experience to provided a heightened sense of engagement with each work.

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PLUS – as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a week of performance art events around Hamilton from 6th-10th September. See individual event listings and follow RAMP GALLERY on facebook for more information.

 

Mon 5 Sep, 5 – 7pm – Opening Preview of PLUNGE
– Ramp Gallery, Collingwood St
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition. This includes a brief artist talk, and the various collaborators will also be present. The works include collaborations with: Paul Bradley, Scott Granville, Mark Hamilton, Jamieson Hudson, Dan Inglis, Owen Mayall, Tony Nicholls, James Sutherland, Alexander Williams, Ben Woollen, and Demeter Fragrance Library.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4603 )

Tue 6 Sep, 7 – 9pm – Musical Portraits with Mark Hamilton
– School of Media Arts, Collingwood St
This is your opportunity to take part in a unique performance art experience where you become part of the artwork. Sure to be an experience unlike any you have been part of before. Featuring live photography by Mark Hamilton. Refreshments provided.
FREE – but strictly limited numbers so book early
TO SECURE YOUR PLACE – EMAIL: wendy.richdale@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4607 )

Wed 7 Sep, 7pm – Conversations: a short film evening
– Creative Waikato, Alexandra St
Join us for a night of short films – including a range of collaborative projects currently unscreened in Hamilton. This is also the album launch for “CONVERSATIONS” – a collection of works for solo instrument and electronics. Also: see the world premiere of “For the Stars from the Undergrowth” a film by Ben Woollen with music featuring Adam Page and Horomona Horo.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4616 )

Sat 10 Sep, 6:30pm – Sonic cocktails: a collaboration with Alexander Williams
– Wonder Horse, Victoria St.
Get your tickets to experience the premiere of three new compositions which have been expertly paired with matching cocktails. Sip your drink and experience the full cross-modal multi-sensory effects of this innovative collaboration between Alexander Williams from Wonder Horse and Jeremy Mayall.
Tickets $45 – limited numbers so bookings are essential. To book tickets email:
jeremy.mayall@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4618 )

 
 

It has been a while…

Greetings from the midst of the madness. Things have been unexpectedly hectic, but hectic with exciting new creative projects, so it’s not too bad! Here is a brief update of some of the things that have been going on!

First up… PIANO AND EGGS
I have been working with the crew in the Music Department in the School of Media Arts, Wintec to curate and present “PIANO & EGGS” – a new series of breakfast concerts held every Monday morning (7-8am) during August in the Creative Waikato / Miltons Canteen space on Alexandra Street in Hamilton.

Concerts are typically reserved for evenings towards the end of the week, providing a closing reward to the pressures of working life. So we thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to kick off your week with an early reward and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast accompanied by some live music?

THE PROGRAMME
Monday 1st August: 7-8am – Jeremy Mayall and Kent Macpherson present a unique blend of minimal piano and electronic sounds, to create some textured, sonic explorations of early morning sounds. This combinations makes it a perfect calm listen to relax into your day, whilst at the same time creating something with a danceable quality that can energise you.

Monday 8th August: 7-8am – A multi-media event. Kick off this week as a part of the annual SPARK International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. This concert combines the work of musicians Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson, and Yotam Levy, with the live visual art projection work of Paul Bradley. These performers will work together to create a truly otherworldly early morning experience.

YOU CAN WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE LIVE STREAM BELOW!

 

COMING UP:

Monday 15th August: 7-8am – The half-way point in the Piano and Eggs journey showcases pianist Liam Wooding, who will be performing an eclectic selection of contemporary classical works from a range of composers.

Monday 22nd August: 7-8am – David Sidwell, pianist and Emma Carpenter, vocalist will present a selection of musical theatre classics, original material and light opera.

Monday 29th August: 7-8am – For the final in this series, David Sidwell is joined by soprano Julia Booth, with a collection of tunes drawing from light opera and musical theatre, along with a few original musical treats.

Artwork by Xavier Meade

 

OTHER THINGS:

BLOOD SUGAR:  A short documentary by Joe Hitchcock exploring the world of a child with type-1 diabetes. It was an absolute pleasure to create some score for this wonderful short doco. Watch it below:

Blood Sugar from Loading Docs on Vimeo.

 

Working on a new art film project with Dan Inglis – to be premiered at an exhibition in September… more details to come soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the production.

 

Have also been sitting down with director Julia Reynolds to talk about the score for her film SHEPHERD… Looking forward to getting stuck into this project.

L.O.Q.Shun – a film project with Dan Inglis and Julia Booth has been touring around the world as a part of the 2016 DELETE TV Programme.

 

You can now find some of my videos on the video page of I care if you listen (.com)http://icareifyoulisten.tv/
It is a collection of new music videos from around the place. An interesting place to find and explore contemporary music.

http://icareifyoulisten.tv/tracking-forward-with-rolling-s…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/sketches-of-an-intergalactic-ea…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/flutter/

 

STICK TO YOUR GUN – a short film by Joe Hitchcock premiered at the PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL! Awesome for this little project to get some air time at a top ranked festival.

Stick To Your Gun – Trailer from Morgan Leigh Stewart on Vimeo.

 

The premiere performance of “The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound” for bassoon and fx pedals – played by Ben Hoadley – is now available online:

JEREMY MAYALL: The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

I also worked on some David Bowie covers with Jason Long and Nick Braae for the the METEOR – ZEITGEIST event… check out some video below:


Next up… working on an exhibition in September in Hamilton, another exhibition in China, writing some new kids songs with Chris Lam Sam, and co-producing a kapahaka album… plenty to do!

Thoughts on a Fellowship (plus updates)

My time as Mozart Fellow at Otago University is now officially over. It has been a hugely productive and enjoyable time. An absolute pleasure to spend those two years in Dunedin, working with the brilliant people and expending my own experiences as a composer and collaborative researcher.
I put together some thoughts on the fellowship which you can read here:

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Some further updates:

“The Dairy Diaries” – a film I scored with the marvelous John Egenes has been selected as one of sixteen finalists for Tropfest New Zealand. The festival (and premiere) is at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth on Saturday the 27th of February, 2016.

 Penny Black Movie has secured some NZ Film Commission funding for post production sound mix!
“L.O.Q.Shun”, a short film by Dan Inglis based on a piece I composed forJulia Booth – Singer will be screening in the latest season of the video-art TV show Delete TV – broadcast in Austria, the Netherlands, the US, and Australia. If you are in those places, check it out!
Breakery – a short film by Chasing Time Productions (that I scored with Chris Lam Sam for The Scorelocks Collective) is an official selection for the 2016 High Desert International FF (NV, USA) and 2016 Texas Independent Film Festival (TX, USA).
NOW, onwards to the next challenge!

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!

Things are moving forward

Well, it has been a long road on this re-write of a piece for my PhD. Many changes and re-arrangements, constantly fine-tuning the mix, the video is being edited… and it is finally reaching a visible end point. Plus I have had some feedback from supervisors & colleagues saying that the piece is much stronger now – so I guess all the stress and work was worth it!
The piece started out as “They say a word is dead”… and is now called “The Long White Cloud”. I am very much looking forward to sharing it with you soon!

In the meantime, work is continuing on various things, including:

– A short transportation musical
– The exhibition of the collaborative moving image piece ‘flow’.
– in talks about three new projects for the coming months
– still working away on my piano trio piece.

Good things are happening, and soon there will be lots of new music for me to share!

While you wait, go and check out my soundcloud and listen to some previous work! Or check some videos out on youtube!

Re-writes and new ideas

I have just come to (what I think and hope) is the end of the re-write process for my chamber orchestra piece ‘The Long White Cloud’… Just need to let it sit with me a few more days and then it will be on to the re-recording part.

I think that, despite my frustration for having to re-write, it has been worth it and I have come out with a much stronger piece of music. It has a much more definite and purposeful journey. I think it says something, even if that something is not definitively prescribed.

Other than working on this re-write, the past couple of weeks has included:

– Collaborating on a contemporary art work (moving image based).

– Writing the score for 2 short film as part of the 48Hr Film Festival.

– And doing a bit of baking, teaching, marking and all those other fun things.

Will hopefully have some more music to share with you all soon!