They Will Be The Colour

My new album with Julia Booth is available now.

Get your digital copy here.

It costs about the same as a good cup of coffee, but will last you much longer!
All funds made from the sale of this album will go towards the recording costs of a new collaborative project with Julia! So if you like this music feel free to help us make some more. Oh, and if you so desire, purchasing through bandcamp allows you to pay more if you like… so if you are feeling particularly generous then let us say ‘THANK YOU!’ in advance.

Concerts and Recordings

Things continue to be busy… but rewardingly so. Working on music with Chris Lam Sam, a performance workshop with the NZTrio, collaborative discussions with food scientists and perfumers, a trip to Nelson for the Composers Workshop, and collaborations with Otago Arts Fellows.

Also coming up:

IMAGINED LANDSCAPES

A concert of multimedia music at Marama Hall (Otago University). Featuring vocalists Nick Hollamby and Sophie Morris, as well as collaborative works with Dan Inglis, James Sutherland, Majella Cullinane, Scott Granville, and Ben Woollen. Tuesday 4th August.

 

Recent Release: BLONDE

The soundtrack to the short film ‘BLONDE‘ is now available on bandcamp:

 

Upcoming Release: ‘THEY WILL BE THE COLOUR’

A collaborative album with Julia Booth. To be release on August 1st on bandcamp!

Here is the cover art by Ashlee Fischer

 

Flutter

Things have been pretty hectic since the premiere of ‘Flutter’ and ‘Cut Away the Masts’ at the Otago Museum. I am very much looking forward to sharing some photos, videos and recordings of this music! It was a very rewarding performance – working with great people. It was incredibly moving the first time hearing the music in the space and seeing the way the butterflies seemed to react to the music. Magic.

Here are some pics from the process and the recordings… I will wait for the professional photos before I show anything from the actual gig.

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Marty Roberts setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Danny Buchanan setting up for flutter

Butterflies

Butterflies

John Egenes on pedal steel

John Egenes on pedal steel

Rob Burns on bass

Rob Burns on bass

Flutter rehearsal

Flutter rehearsal

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Macarons made by the Tart Tin

Julia Booth recording vocals

Julia Booth recording vocals

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Tessa Petersen recording the violin part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

Feby Idrus recording the flute part

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:

Flutter

At the end of November I am presenting a concert at the Otago Museum which will feature the world premiere of two new pieces: Flutter and Cut Away the Masts. This is all being put together as part of my work as the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago Music Department.

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1) Flutter – a multi-sensory, site-specific performance piece including: the feel and smell of the Tropical Rainforest (with hundreds of free-flying butterflies); the sound of brilliant musicians – Julia Booth, Tessa Petersen, Rob Burns, John Egenes, and Feby Idrus (with words by Shoshana Sachi, and technical enhancement by Stephen Stedman and Daniel Buchanan); the sight of the space and performers, as well as video by Dan Inglis and lighting by Martyn Roberts; and taste in the form of tasty morsels that correspond with the musical sections, created by the master baker at the Tart Tin boutique bake house.

2) Cut Away the Masts – a song cycle created in collaboration with 2014 Robert Burns Fellow Majella Cullinane The poems in the songs are inspired by The McIlrath Letters, a series of letters which were written by two brothers, who emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand in 1860, and wrote back to their family there for over fifty years. The songs will be performed by Julia Booth – Singer.

There are two sessions available starting at 8pm and 8:30pm. Tickets cost $35 and include a drink and canapes (the selection of food has been specifically designed for this event and is quite delicious!!).

This performance serves as a gift/celebration of my time as the Mozart Fellow so far, and a public thank you for having me here in Dunedin!

Limited tickets available from the Otago Museum Front Desk.

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!