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 to the piece… changing some sections, moving a couple of things around, cutting some stuff out, and linking the 3rd and 4th movements. And as I wanted to have video for all of my PhD pieces I had to ask Adam, Yotam, and Dan if they would mind recording the piece again so that I could have the new final version of the piece on file.

SO… if you only have time to watch one version, I would recommend the Final Version… but if you want to hear the difference, and see what it was like in the concert, then please watch the Concert version as well.

The Norse Suite – J.Mayall
for viola and cello

Viola: Adam Maha
Cello: Yotam Levy

This piece was originally intended for the combination of viola and electric guitar. Unfortunately writing contemporary classical music (with traditional notation) is difficult for electric guitar as many rock guitarists come from a background very different to that of score-reading classical musicians. The piece was then adapted for viola and cello – but it aims to retain a lot of that stylistic writing for guitar, and tries to re-create crunchy distortions and electronic delay effects using only the natural sound of the instruments.

Recorded at the Gallagher Concert Chamber at the University of Waikato

FINAL VERSION

The Norse Suite – Final Version from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

CONCERT VERSION

The Norse Suite – concert version from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

Not a one way street (video)

Here is part two of my finished PhD Concert footage…
The video for today is the piece that opened the concert.

Not a one way street by J.Mayall
For viola, cello, synth and backing track.

This piece ‘Not a one way street’ is about cyclic but slightly alter journeys that occur through our hectic everyday life. Compositionally, this piece aims to explore the long established tradition of the piano quartet, and fusing those quartet traditions with jazz, minimalism and electronica. It then alters this tradition by removing the piano from the live performance context and then using a pre-recorded and effect-manipulated piano track. Also by replacing the standard violin for monophonic synth (moog little phatty) the characteristic sound of the quartet is knocked around with an even wider pitch range available – particularly in the lower registers. The composition is based around small motivic fragments that are worked and reworked throughout the piece – with a very altered, stumbling sense of rhythm in parts.

Viola: Adam Maha
Cello: Yotam Levy
Synth + Backing Track: Jeremy Mayall

Video by Dan Inglis

Not a One Way Street from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.