Pianos, Food, Concerts and the Brain

So many things going on… here is a bit of a run down about some recent projects and things, and then I’ll share some more info in another post about PLUNGE – the multisensory immersive installation I have been working on.

BUT FIRST!

Whilst producing/co-producing music on a number of projects (including a kapahaka album; two different collections of educational songs for children with Chris Lam Sam; and, doing the audio mix on a TV series) I have been curating a series of breakfast concerts at Creative Waikato and Milton’s Canteen called PIANO AND EGGS

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The series has featured performances by Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley, Liam Wooding, David Sidwell, Emma Carpenter and myself. The final concert in the series (Monday 29th August at 7am) is by David Sidwell and Julia Booth – they will be playing an exciting repertoire including original compositions by both David Sidwell and myself – in fact it will be the Hamilton premiere of a song cycle I wrote with Majella Cullinane called “CUT AWAY THE MASTS“.

This will be followed by another performance by DR. MESMER’S PRIVATE ARMY – Kent Macpherson, Yotam Levy, Paul Bradley and myself with special guest Horomona Horo. It is a one-off celebration of the end of the series and takes place on Monday 29th August at 6:30pm in Creative Waikato. The concert is PIANO AND GRAPES.

Piano&Grapes

THEN, on Wednesday 31st August I will be popping down to Queenstown to present MUSICA IN CEREBRO at the inSight event (organised by the Otago Brain Health Research Centre and Catalyst Trust) – Queenstown’s annual science, technology, innovation and future week. The week provides a sneak peek into our future and the opportunity to investigate the big issues, access the experts and explore possible paths ahead for the community. I will present a lecture, MUSICA IN CEREBRO, which is essentially a trip inside the mind, exploring the impact that music has on the brain. In 2015 Jeremy collaborated with neuroscientists at the Otago University Brain Health Research Centre to capture the sounds of the brain. These sounds were then incorporated into one of Jeremy’s original compositions ‘Musica in Cerebro’ designed to showcase the brain’s reaction to musical stimulation and evoke emotive responses in the listener. (event details: http://www.catalystnz.org/events/event/musica-in-cerebro-insight/)

Following that will be install for PLUNGE… more info soon!

It has been a while…

Greetings from the midst of the madness. Things have been unexpectedly hectic, but hectic with exciting new creative projects, so it’s not too bad! Here is a brief update of some of the things that have been going on!

First up… PIANO AND EGGS
I have been working with the crew in the Music Department in the School of Media Arts, Wintec to curate and present “PIANO & EGGS” – a new series of breakfast concerts held every Monday morning (7-8am) during August in the Creative Waikato / Miltons Canteen space on Alexandra Street in Hamilton.

Concerts are typically reserved for evenings towards the end of the week, providing a closing reward to the pressures of working life. So we thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to kick off your week with an early reward and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast accompanied by some live music?

THE PROGRAMME
Monday 1st August: 7-8am – Jeremy Mayall and Kent Macpherson present a unique blend of minimal piano and electronic sounds, to create some textured, sonic explorations of early morning sounds. This combinations makes it a perfect calm listen to relax into your day, whilst at the same time creating something with a danceable quality that can energise you.

Monday 8th August: 7-8am – A multi-media event. Kick off this week as a part of the annual SPARK International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design. This concert combines the work of musicians Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson, and Yotam Levy, with the live visual art projection work of Paul Bradley. These performers will work together to create a truly otherworldly early morning experience.

YOU CAN WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE LIVE STREAM BELOW!

 

COMING UP:

Monday 15th August: 7-8am – The half-way point in the Piano and Eggs journey showcases pianist Liam Wooding, who will be performing an eclectic selection of contemporary classical works from a range of composers.

Monday 22nd August: 7-8am – David Sidwell, pianist and Emma Carpenter, vocalist will present a selection of musical theatre classics, original material and light opera.

Monday 29th August: 7-8am – For the final in this series, David Sidwell is joined by soprano Julia Booth, with a collection of tunes drawing from light opera and musical theatre, along with a few original musical treats.

Artwork by Xavier Meade

 

OTHER THINGS:

BLOOD SUGAR:  A short documentary by Joe Hitchcock exploring the world of a child with type-1 diabetes. It was an absolute pleasure to create some score for this wonderful short doco. Watch it below:

Blood Sugar from Loading Docs on Vimeo.

 

Working on a new art film project with Dan Inglis – to be premiered at an exhibition in September… more details to come soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the production.

 

Have also been sitting down with director Julia Reynolds to talk about the score for her film SHEPHERD… Looking forward to getting stuck into this project.

L.O.Q.Shun – a film project with Dan Inglis and Julia Booth has been touring around the world as a part of the 2016 DELETE TV Programme.

 

You can now find some of my videos on the video page of I care if you listen (.com)http://icareifyoulisten.tv/
It is a collection of new music videos from around the place. An interesting place to find and explore contemporary music.

http://icareifyoulisten.tv/tracking-forward-with-rolling-s…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/sketches-of-an-intergalactic-ea…/
http://icareifyoulisten.tv/flutter/

 

STICK TO YOUR GUN – a short film by Joe Hitchcock premiered at the PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL! Awesome for this little project to get some air time at a top ranked festival.

Stick To Your Gun – Trailer from Morgan Leigh Stewart on Vimeo.

 

The premiere performance of “The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound” for bassoon and fx pedals – played by Ben Hoadley – is now available online:

JEREMY MAYALL: The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

I also worked on some David Bowie covers with Jason Long and Nick Braae for the the METEOR – ZEITGEIST event… check out some video below:


Next up… working on an exhibition in September in Hamilton, another exhibition in China, writing some new kids songs with Chris Lam Sam, and co-producing a kapahaka album… plenty to do!