It Will Remember Itself

“It Will Remember Itself” by Narrowing Weeks is now available!

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project between:
Jeremy Mayall (various keys and electronics), Chris Lam Sam (various keys), Nick Granville (guitar), Rob Burns (bass), Robbie Craigie (percussion).

On one day we got together to make music. To communicate. To share ideas through sound. This album is a representation of that moment.

“The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.”

There is always one moment when the door opens and lets the future in.

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Improvised/composed and recorded live in the main room at the University of Otago Music Departments Albany Street Studios.

credits

Recorded by Mike Holland at Albany Street Studios, Dunedin.
Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Mayall
Album Artwork by Dan Inglis

New album and a short soundscape

In between furiously working away on finalising the score for the new “Amazing Universe” show at the Otago Museum Perpetual Guardian Planetarium (opens December 4th!), I have been preparing a new album for release (29/11/15) – that album is “it will remember itself” by Narrowing Weeks.

Narrowing Weeks is a collaborative project with Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns and Robbie Craigie. Here is the cover art by Dan Inglis:

And here is a bonus track (free download) we recorded as a warm up before Nick arrived at the session:

 

Finally, I also recently put together a short soundscape track for the ADAM audio soundtrack competition… you can hear it here! Inspired by the picture #moon:

 

 

653 days and other things

It was a busy but hugely rewarding weekend.
Two concerts.
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It was excellent to work with a number of brilliant performers on these two events.

Here are some pictures of various things.

A few side of stage snaps from ‘653 Days’

Setup for [still moments] at DPAG

souvenir programmes – designed by Dan Inglis

Some other information about the concerts: this article and also this interview:

There were a few pieces premiered this past weekend, and as I slowly sort through the recordings I will share some tracks… but in the meantime, here is one video that we premiered. Created by Ben Woollen, based on the track “Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes” from the album ‘THUS’ by Days At Sea (Rob Burns, Robbie Craigie and myself).
Have a watch here:

Lingering Smoke and Watering Eyes from chasingtimeFILM on Vimeo.

 

Also, the NZTrio along with Sounz – Centre for New Zealand Music, APRA AMCOS and the Universities of NZ, have released individual videos of the performances from their Composition Competition concerts. Here is my piece:

Jeremy Mayall: Fourteen moments for three from SOUNZ on Vimeo.

 

And finally, I also managed to find time to work on a film score with John Egenes for “The Dairy Diaries” by Ashton Ledger. Here is the little theme tune:

‘Then we fall’ and other announcements

I am currently working on the editing and mixing of a new album recorded/composed/improvised in real time in the Albany Street Studios by myself, Chris Lam Sam, Nick Granville, Rob Burns, and Robbie Craigie. The session was engineered by Mike Holland.

While working through those tracks I found this tune recorded at sound check while we waited for Nick to arrive down from Wellington. So while you wait for the new album, here is a groovy little taster.

 

Also recently released is a remix I did for a band called Cheshire Grimm. You can check that track out here:

 

And finally, it is my pleasure to announce that my piece “Frosted Air Suite” for flute and electronics was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for Composition for 2015. I am looking forward to hearing the piece premiered later this year!

 

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 children, Chris Lam Sam and I put together this short piece:

 

And also, the release of this album created in collaboration with Rob Burns (bass) and Robbie Craigie (drums) under the name Days At Sea. The album is called THUS.

You can get your copy here:

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.

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

Subject2Change – new remix

One of the recent projects I have been working on is a remix for the jazz-fusion band ‘Subject2Change‘. The band has a new album to be released later in the year that I helped working on the final mixing process.

As some really early promo for the album Rob Burns has suggested I share the remix so people can hear some of the musical goodness that this group of talented musicians have been working on.

Subject2Change is:
Trevor Coleman – keyboards, trumpet
David Harrison – guitar,
Nick Cornish – alto and soprano saxophones
Dan Bendrups – trombone
Rob Burns – bass guitar
Robbie Craigie – drums

Check out the remix here: