Back in Hamilton

Now that we are back in Hamilton, a bunch of interesting things have been taking place.

First, I am now working at the School of Media Arts, Wintec as an Academic Staff Member in the Music Department and Research Leader for the School. It is an exciting challenge, and is great to be working in a new environment.

Penny Black – the movie has been on a nationwide cinema tour. This is still going, so go to the tour page for more information!

 

DarkMatter – An event in the Dunedin Fringe Festival. 
Afterburner presents a light and performance installation pushing the boundaries of seeing. Using low level light, projection and sound, Afterburner awaken the possibilities of the unseen, imagining realms beyond sight, just on the verge of seeing. Dark Matter is a visual experience changing how we might see space and light as well as challenging the senses to enter into the experience.
Afterburner comprises of longterm founder and award winning lighting designer Martyn Roberts,with sound from Jeremy Mayall and dancers Katherine Kennedy and Megan Wilson.

 

All Good Poems Wear Classical Shoes – Another event in the Dunedin Fringe Festival
Sophie Morris sings new compositions from Anthony Ritchie, Jeremy Mayall and Sam Van Betuw. The new works are based on Poem texts from Poets David Eggleton, Ian Loughran, Emma Neale and Sue Wootton.

 

CONVERSATIONS: A new album featuring a number of collaborations for solo instrument and electronics. Featuring a number of extremely talented and generous performers. Here is the cover art, designed by Dan Inglis:

 

Film, Archive and Music Lab: I was lucky enough to have been one of 16 artists selected by the British Council and the British Film Institute to explore the creative potential of collaboration between the worlds of cinema, film archive and music. The 16 participants included music makers, film makers and video game composers – and we took part in a series of workshops, masterclasses, screenings and networking events all with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-sector work, while providing a fertile breeding ground for future collaborations.

 

“Te ngao o te ao turoa” – it was a real honour to present the premiere of this new work for taonga puoro and electronics at the launch of the new University of Waikato Taonga Puoro collection. The piece was created and performed in collaboration with Horomona Horo.

 

Glimmer – an interactive light and sound installation created with Joe Citizen and Jason Long as a part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival at the Band Rotunda in town. A great experience for the young and young-at-heart!

 

And coming up!!

The premiere of a piece for bassoon and FX pedals – “The Effect of Bundled Sticks on Sound”! This piece will be premiered by Ben Hoadley at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington as part of the NZ Music for Woodwind Concert.

Albums, Concerts and a Speech.

Lots of things going on… still working away on some galactic music for a project… in the meantime here is a quick update on things that have been going on.

Penny Black (an independent feature film) had it’s official premiere at the Arohanui Film Festival on Friday evening to a sold-out house! (Also Lapwing and Breakery featured in the festival!) To coincide with that, the score album is now available. You can get it from these places:

Bandcamp:

Itunes and Spotify

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My piece “Fourteen Moments for Three” was selected as one of the winners in the NZTrio Composers competition, and was performed in concert in Auckland and Wellington.

Check out the concert below (my piece starts at 1:11:43) and read a review here.

NZTrio Composing Competition 2015: Winners’ Concert from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

Finally, I am putting together a retrospective concert of work composed during my time as Mozart Fellow on Nov.15 in Allen Hall Theatre… a few world premieres, some earlier stuff, lots of collaborators.. should be a fun concert. The poster by Dan Inglis is below:

 

And finally, a couple of weeks ago I graduated with my PhD from Waikato University. I was asked to be the student speaker, and I put together some words about creativity, collaboration, and connections… you can hear them here:

 

Concerts

Coming up this week (August 7th and 8th) is ‘SOUND AND LIGHT: A Mozart Fellow Showcase’. We just finished rehearsal for the show, and it is going to be a great little show. All the works presented involve the skills and talents of a number of great collaborators. It has been an honour to work with all of these people – some for the first time!

At the concert you will get to see a number of premiere performances, including:
– a number of works with lighting designer Martyn Roberts

 ‘Whakaika Nei’ – a new dance film with Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Louise Potiki Bryant – which also features a text written and recited by Rua McCallum, taonga puoro by Horomona Horo, and performance by Jessica Latton.
Here is a still from the film shoot:
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– ‘Signature Asymmetry’ – for percussion (orchestral bass drum, toms, kick and vibes) and fixed media. Performed by Robbie Craigie.
Here is a still from the rehearsal:
IMG_1052All of this along with a new collaboration with the marvelous video artist Dan Inglis.
– ‘FLARE’ also features a performance by Dujon Cullingford.
Here is a still from the film:

 

FOLLOW UP FROM LAST WEEK!

It was also great to be able to get up to Hamilton last weekend to check out the premiere performance of my new composition ‘Late Song’ at the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme performance showcase. The piece involved 4 musicians, 5 singers, 4 dancers, 1 actor, 2 Maori performing artists + video and lights. It is based on a poem by NZ poet Lauris Dorothy Edmond.

Here is a still from the performance:hillaryshow