Recent projects

Times have been busy leading up to Christmas, but here is a quick update with some of the more recent things I have been doing.

DV Bryant Trust 90th Celebration Film

DV Bryant 90th Celebration Film: December 2014 from nimbus media on Vimeo.

 

Lost Inside

A track from an unused film score for a thriller film about becoming unexpected trapped.

 

In that Infinite Moment

Created with Nick Tipping on bass this piece is a a real-time, unplanned moment of musical communication.
I appreciate that this is a long track, and as such it may prove daunting to commit to listening through – especially as time spent online is often searching for the quick reward. But, this track, and the musical journey it contains, is something that I believe it is worth listening to.  So, if you feel so inclined, sit back, close your eyes, and listen. Perhaps this moment with communicate something to you.
Thanks for your time.

A new musical tradition

It seems a new musical tradition is being set in motion. This time, one year ago I was lucky enough to spent a couple of days with a group of great musicians (Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Nick Tipping, Jeremy Badger, Adam Page) creating and co-composing the soundtrack to the movie – Penny Black. This movie is nearing a release (with an accompanying soundtrack album).

For the second version of this new yearly tradition, I spent the day today in the University of Otago Music Department Albany Street Studios creating new music with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums and vibraphone). It is always great to get into a creative space with likeminded musicians and create sound in a space together.

Very much looking forward to getting in and mixing the new music from today… but in the meantime here are some tracks from the Penny Black Soundtrack. It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to make music with all these extremely talented and generous musicians.

Push for Miles (video)

Now, continuing on with concert videos…

For my PhD composition portfolio, I have had the honour and privilege of writing for a range of specific (and extremely talented) musicians. This means I have been able to work with each person throughout the creation of the piece, writing something that works with their playing style – in order to truly get the most out of the realisation of the piece. It is so great to write music with specific performers in mind – AND it is so exciting when you finally get to hear them playing the piece for the first time!

This piece ‘Push for Miles’ was written for bassist Nick Tipping. I first worked with Nick when he agreed to perform the solo part for my Electric Bass Concerto when it was read by the NZSO as part of the SOUNZ orchestral readings. Then last year we were talking online about our respective PhDs and he agreed to come up to Hamilton to perform in a concert of some of my new music – and so as part of that concert, I decided to write this piece for him to play.

Push for Miles by J.Mayall
for electric bass and backing track

Electric Bass: Nick Tipping
Backing Track: Jeremy Mayall

This piece is essentially an ode to Miles Davis – particularly to the work he did in creating new fusions of musical styles and convincing performers to go with him into this uncharted territory. The vocal samples come from an interview with bassist/composer Marcus Miller talking about working with Miles Davis on some fusion projects. The piece takes inspiration from minimalism (particularly the work of Steve Reich), the sample cut-up works of Jacob TV, various styles of jazz, and contemporary extended melodic writing.

Push for Miles from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.