Nearly reaching the end of my first year in Dunedin as the Mozart Fellow. It has been a hugely productive, creative and artistically rewarding year. I am very excited for all the possibilities that the upcoming year will present.
One of those opportunities is starting the year by heading to Nepal to trek in the Himalayas as part of the Sir Edmund Hillary Step Higher Award. It is going to be great to explore this part of the world that I have never been to. I am sure it will be inspiring, and I will be taking a recording device to capture some of the sounds of the environment which will potentially find their way into some new music.
In the meantime, here is an album that I released when I first found out about the award and this journey. It is an album of landscape-inspired music for piano and electronics. You can get yourself a copy here or in the player below. It is a pay-what-you-like (or free) download with all funds received being donated to the Himalayan Trust as part of this journey.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be awarded the Step Higher Award from the University of Waikato. This leadership award will send me, with 3 other Hillary Scholars to Nepal to explore the work of the Himalayan Trust and the things that Sir Edmund Hillary has done in that part of the world. It is a huge opportunity to see a place I never really thought I would go to, a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, meet the people, and ideally develop a new composition based on the experience.
I plan to take some portable recording devices with me to try and capture some of the natural sounds of the environment there, and utilise those as an element in the new composition. As part of the award we will all be fundraising for the Himalayan Trust – and for me this will include some new music as well (more details to come soon!)