Recordings and new albums

In the past few days I have been working with various people on the creation, composition, and recording of over 3 hours of new original music. Creative productivity is a marvelous and rewarding thing. Here are a few pics from some time in the studio.   Along with working on a collection of songs for [...]

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 [...]

An update

It has been awhile... I always intend to keep more regular blog posts, but things get in the way - mostly it's good things like getting caught up in the studio working on new music, so I can't really complain. Since last time there has been a bunch of stuff that I thought I would [...]

Music for the mountains

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 [...]

Those Remarkable Peaks

I recently released my new album of music for piano and electronics called Imaginary Communications. A Dunedin-based filmmaker heard the track 'Those Remarkable Peaks' from that album and decided to make a landscape film with the track. You can watch the video here: R. from Merr Leslie on Vimeo.

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 [...]

Imaginary Communication

My new album Imaginary Communication is available now! Click here to go to the download site to get the album: available as a pay-what-you-like digital download. All proceeds received from the download of this album will be donated to the Himalayan Trust founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. Check out the album artwork created by Paul Bradley. [...]

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 [...]

Princesses and pianos

Another quick update, still furiously working away on the phd. I believe the end is in sight... I hope so! I am also working on a piece for four pianos, a piece for guitar, some solo instrument pieces, and a couple of new larger scale theatrical pieces (more details to come soon). In the meantime, [...]