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

Tracking forward (video)

The next video from the concert is here!

Tracking Forward
For viola, backing track, harmonica and video

Viola: Adam Maha
Harmonica and backing track: Jeremy Mayall

Musically this piece is inspired by the composer’s love of Blues music. A lot of Blues tells stories of lonely journeys, catching rides on the trains, and often powerful sadness. This piece aims to explore this soulful sound through the solo viola, combined with the sounds of blues harmonica and electronic manipulation. This piece explores the boundaries between Blues music, 20th Century Chamber music, soundscape and electronic dance music.

Tracking Forward features a video accompaniment “ROLLING STOCK” created by Dan Inglis.

Tracking Forward from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.

All of the goings on

There has been a lot going on in the past few weeks! Thought it must be about time I did an update.

I am still working away at the post-production of the recordings of my PhD Concert. Both in the way of audio mixing and video editing with Dan Inglis. The audio part of this process has been made more difficult with various computer issues, but I am trying to maintain a positive outlook on this (and mostly succeeding!) – This has also lead me to start work on a new piece for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, as well as a collaborative piece with the lovely Julia Booth. 

The Scorelocks Collective have been working on a bluegrass-influenced score for Chasing Time Productions new film ‘Serve and Protect’. It has been an interesting process to craft mockups and then work entirely with live acoustic instruments in crafting this score. It is a very fun little film!

I also went to watch Carving in Ice Theatre’s new piece ‘Instructions for Life’ – it is a very entertaining, odd, and intriguing production. Well worth a watch – they have a second season coming up in Cambridge at the start of June. It also features a range of music written by myself and The Scorelocks Collective. It was quite fun to hear my music in a completely new setting!

I also had the honour of performing at and teching at Adam Maha‘s fundraising concert on Sunday Night. He is heading to the US for a conducting course – the first big step on his way to international stardom in the conducting world! He is still raising funds, so flick him a message if you are so inclined!

Coming Up: V48Hr Film Fest, a short musical film, finishing off more PhD work, and then whatever else the universe throws my way! Ahh the life of a composer/musician… its an interesting one!

New Festival Screening for ‘Rolling Stock’

A piece I composed – ‘Tracking Forward’ – for viola and backing track with a video by Dan Inglis, also exists in a video only version called ‘Rolling Stock’.

This piece has been performed live numerous times, and has also been screened at a few international festivals.

The film ‘Rolling Stock’ has just been announced to be part of the screenings at EFF Portland (Experimental Film Fest Portland) next month.

It is so great for this piece to be connecting with so many people in so many different ways. To have written something that works as a standalone film, a standalone piece of music, and as a combined live multimedia package is something I am very proud of. I look forward to seeing where else this piece ends up!