Dr. Mesmer’s Private Army

Footage from the August 8th “Piano and Eggs” breakfast concert that served as the premiere performance for a new ensemble called: Dr. Mesmer’s Private Army

The ensemble features Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy and Paul Bradley.

 

Be there to catch the second sonic expedition at Creative Waikato Monday 29th August from 6:30pm. More details to come soon!

Into the Nocturnal Sunshine

For the past couple of years I have been asked to perform at the Waikato University Blues Awards. These awards recognition students who have excelled in either sports or creative and performing arts to national and international levels. It is an honour to be selected to receive one of these awards – and to perform as part of this ceremony (they typically only have 3 performances) is also quite nice.

After my performance last year I had thought if I was asked to perform again I wouldn’t know how to follow it… but I was asked to perform again this year, so had to put together something to follow a performance with videos, dancer, special fx makeup and pyrotechnics!

The piece I came up with is called Into the nocturnal sunshine. As I started to compose the music, I was also thinking about the dramatic shape and how to effectively stage the piece. Working with Brad Thomson at the Academy of Performing Arts was great – huge support and with his team, came up with ways to make the vision in my head a reality.

This is a piece that I am very proud of – it was fun to write, to rehearse and to perform.

Here are some other notes about the piece and the performance:

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