Thoughts on a Fellowship (plus updates)

My time as Mozart Fellow at Otago University is now officially over. It has been a hugely productive and enjoyable time. An absolute pleasure to spend those two years in Dunedin, working with the brilliant people and expending my own experiences as a composer and collaborative researcher.
I put together some thoughts on the fellowship which you can read here:

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Some further updates:

“The Dairy Diaries” – a film I scored with the marvelous John Egenes has been selected as one of sixteen finalists for Tropfest New Zealand. The festival (and premiere) is at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth on Saturday the 27th of February, 2016.

 Penny Black Movie has secured some NZ Film Commission funding for post production sound mix!
“L.O.Q.Shun”, a short film by Dan Inglis based on a piece I composed forJulia Booth – Singer will be screening in the latest season of the video-art TV show Delete TV – broadcast in Austria, the Netherlands, the US, and Australia. If you are in those places, check it out!
Breakery – a short film by Chasing Time Productions (that I scored with Chris Lam Sam for The Scorelocks Collective) is an official selection for the 2016 High Desert International FF (NV, USA) and 2016 Texas Independent Film Festival (TX, USA).
NOW, onwards to the next challenge!

Concerts!

On Tuesday 4th of August I gave a concert called ‘Imagined Landscapes’. It was a collection of music I have composed, most new, some revisits of older stuff. Lots of multimedia things, and some multi-sensory elements exploring smell and taste.

Sharron Bennett of Sharron Bennett Photography took a bunch of pictures of the concert… you can look at them here:

Sophie Morris performs ‘Cut Away The Masts’ poem by Majella Cullinane

Nick Hollamby performs ‘ruru’ Poem by Scott Granville

 

Some video footage of this concert is coming!

 

This coming Tuesday (11th August) there is another concert. This time of sonic art celebrating Lilburn’s electroacoustic heritage. Poster is here;

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.

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!
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Thanks everyone for your support!

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

Premiere of New Dance Piece

Recently I have been working on a collaborative dance piece with the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance Louise Potiki Bryant, and Rua McCallum

This short video work will be premiered with live dance performance elements at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on this coming Saturday, 21st June.

Following that, a video only version of the piece will be presented online and sent to festivals.

More details about the premiere concert below:

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Imaginary Communication No.5

Am in the midst of working on a new cross-disciplinary multimedia piece for the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme to be premiered at an event in August. Slowly managing to convert ideas from the poem into musical arrangements to get things ready for when the rehearsals start.

While I continue working on that, here is a recent piece. Another in the ‘Imaginary Communications’ series I have been working on throughout my time as the Mozart Fellow.
This edition also has a video accompaniment filmed during sunrise near Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula.

Or the audio only version can be found here:

 

The first couple of weeks.

So, I am now into the second week as the Mozart Fellow. My time so far has been pretty hectic with tripping back up to Hamilton to be the celebrant at some weddings!
But in amongst all that I have managed to wander around the university a little bit, met a bunch of the awesome staff in the department, and got my office all set up for work!

office spaceDunedin is a beautiful place. Lots to see and explore. Even the walk to catch the bus this morning was a scenic pleasure.

Walking to work

Now that I have my gear set up and am in the flow of writing music again, I thought I would share the first little piece I have put together here.

“Imaginary Communication no.1” for piano and electronics.