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.