All of the many things…

So. It has been awhile since I updated this page… For more current information go here:
Jeremy Mayall – Composer on Facebook.
But, to catch you up on all of the various things:

And that gets us up to the present…

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!

Mozart Fellow 2015

I am very excited to have been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at Otago University for a second year! This means I will get to spent 2015 engaging in full time creative work. It is an absolute privilege to have received this position. You can read the announcement here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago078803.html

Having another year to focus on composition is an exciting prospect. Here is a collection of most of the work I have created so far this year:

Films:
Flare – with Dan Inglis and Dujon Cullingford
Whakaika Nei with Louise Potiki Bryant, Rua McCallum and Horomona Horo
Partiality – with Tim Evans
To Darkness – with Chris Lam Sam
Princess Rose and the Rose Flowers and the Other Princesses – with Joe Hitchcock and Chris Lam Sam
Blonde – with Joanna Strange
on a trouvé l’horizon grand – with Ben Woollen and Chris Lam Sam
Penny Black (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock
Lapwing (soundmix) – with Joe Hitchcock

Compositions:
Imaginary Communications – a suite for piano and electronics
Whit-woo – for solo bass
convoluted – for orchestra
Infinite possibilities – for various recorded instruments
Late Song – for soprano, chorus, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and backing track
#tinyelephants – a sound art piece
Signature Asymmetry – for percussion and fixed media
Seaward Moments – for bansuri, field recordings and backing track with Adam Page
The Song of Kauri – a musical interpretation of childrens story by Melinda Szymanik
Through the pulsating debris – for four pianos
L.o.q.shun – for voice
Without Contact – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts
Another World Asleep – soundscape and light with Martyn Roberts
Cosmic Outlaw – with Chris Lam Sam
Suburban Wires – with Chris Lam Sam
Feathered Resonance – soundscape to accompany artwork by Madeleine Child in Wallace Art Awards

Remixes:
John Egenes – Little Bird
John Egenes – Crazy Sons of Bitches
Subject2change – #22
Ed Zuccollo – Marianas Trenchcoat
Nick Granville – Get Lucky

Plus some various production, arrangement and orchestration work for various projects!

And there is a bunch of new stuff to come!! Exciting times ahead.

Here is a sneaky little hint toward a new project for the end of the year!
synth and butterflies

 

Thanks everyone for your support!

Recent things

Things have been pretty hectic since the various concerts in the first week of August, so I figured now might be a good time to collate a few things.

Films:

– Recently completed the sound mix for the LAPWING short film. A fun little superhero project that I co-scored with the Scorelocks Collective.

– Worked on the score and sound design for a one minute horror film made by Tim Evans of Mukpuddy.

Other composition:

– A new orchestral work ‘convoluted’ selected for the NZSOSOUNZRadio NZ Concert Recordings for 2015.

– A soundscape composition to accompany a beautiful ceramic bird artwork by Madeleine Child

– String arrangements for a new pop song.

– A remix for a re-arrangement of ‘Get Lucky’ by Nick Granville.

– plus all my old albums are now available for pay-what-you-like download: https://jeremymayall.bandcamp.com/

– Along with releasing The Song of Kauri and Imaginary Communication

It was a busy month! Now onward to September!

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 things that stick out in the memory are:

Family

– started the year moving out to Cambridge
– Wolf turned 1
– Courts was the lead in Hairspray (even on the back of a bus!)
– 5 years together, 3 years married!
– finished the year moving everything into storage ready for our adventure to Dunedin!

My Music

– Performed at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
– Performances at Okta
– Winner of Multimedia section at 2013 Waikato Lilburn Trust Composition Competition for both Flow and Push for Miles
– Presented a concert of original music
 New Video (by Dan Inglis) for Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm
– Continued composition, recording, research, writing and general ongoing work for the PhD
– Awarded the Mozart Fellow for 2014.

Films

Worked on score/sound for the following films:
Play Dead
Winter Storm
Invaders
Serve and Protect
Lapwing
Blonde
Autocraniotomous
Full Retard
You Only Die Forever
Shepherd
And just recently finished the recording/composition session for Penny Black. (complete with music for kids toys)

Work and Other Things

– Gigs with The Funky Monkeys
– Lighting and Sound at the Academy of Performing Arts
 Lecturing in music composition and music theory at the University of Waikato
– Post-grad supervision of music students at Wintec
Wedding Celebrant
– Youth mentoring and teaching
– DJ gigs & Band gigs
– Finalist in National Contemporary Art Awards
– Judge at Talent Quests
– Speak at Pechakucha

Music Production and Recording

– Working with Mr Roberelli
– Remix for Sound the Ocean
– Remix for Bangladesh
– Musical about buses
– Soundtrack editing for schools, equestrian shows, stage challenge etc.
– Music for theatre piece Instructions for Life
– Recording for Diaz Grimm
– Production for Chess Countess

Things have been pretty full on. Thanks to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with this year! The collaborations, conversations and creativity that I have experienced with you all are what makes it possible to continue to pursue a creative life. Thanks. I look forward to our continued work together.

Goals for 2014 are to make more time for rest and family, focus on health and wellbeing, and continue to be productive with making original music. Plus there are a bunch of new collaborations in the pipelines! Exciting times are ahead!

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 meantime, here is a catch up on some of the things that have been going on:

– I have written 19,644 words for my PhD thesis. This is good news. And also slightly worrying news. I am supposed to write up to 30,000 words. And I still have to write the analysis of nine compositions and a conclusion. So I only have 10,356 words left… which only equals about 1035 words per remaining section. That is not a lot of words. Maybe I can have a few extra words. Or I need to do some serious culling.

‘Serve and Protect’: a short film by Chasing Time Productions has had its NZ premiere and was one of the audience favourites for Show Me Shorts.

The Scorelocks Collective have finished the score for LAPWING. And everything is booked in for the recording session for the PENNY BLACK score in December.

– The film ‘Blonde‘ that I will be scoring has just wrapped shooting in New York.

– A truly ambitious independent feature film that the Scorelocks will be scoring is in pre-production. You can help fund SHEPHERD here.

Joe Hitchcock has been awarded the funding to make a new short film next year – I am very much looking forward to scoring this!

Dan Inglis is busy working away on the editing for the video of ‘Sketches of an Intergalactic Earworm’ – Chamber music performance meets intergalactic psychedelic funk. Can’t wait to share this with you all!

– I spoke at the PechaKucha Hamilton event which was great fun! Go and check these events out if you get the chance.

– My pieces ‘Flow‘ and ‘Push for Miles’ were awarded first equal in the 2013 University of Waikato Lilburn Trust Composition Competition.

Well, that is all for now. Back to work. Back to packing the house into boxes. And getting already to finish this PhD and move into an exciting year as the Mozart Fellow at Otago Uni.

Talk soon.