PLUNGE

The next big project for me is PLUNGE – A multisensory immersive installation at Ramp Gallery.

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PLUNGE explores new ways of experiencing and discovering art – by having visitors use all five of their senses.  You will be tasting, smelling, touching and hearing (along with the usual ‘seeing’).

PLUNGE is the result of ongoing explorations and collaborations between experts in sight, sound, taste, scent and touch. An immersive experience where new sonic artworks are further activated by connecting to other stimulus receptors. This is a very intimate exhibition, which requires the audience to become part of the artwork.

Each piece stimulates different senses and explores ideas of perception and the fluctuating human experience of time. Each work features a sound element created by Jeremy Mayall, which has been paired with collaborators in different fields: Dan Inglis and James Sutherland (moving image); Paul Bradley (visual art); Jamieson Hudson (baking/design); Demeter Fragrance Library (perfume). Along with the skilled support of specialist craftsman/artists/technicians Tony Nicholls, Owen Mayall and Brad Morgan to help construct each experience.

The inspiration for PLUNGE comes from ongoing compositional experiments by Jeremy, along with a range of neuroscientific studies, which explore the concept that none of our senses work in isolation, and that they are deeply interconnected and influential on one another. The works, through the common thread of musical composition, explore an ever changing thread of consciousness where you begin to notice the way that your brain shifts perceptions between our internal and external worlds. These works create a state that engages the brains own tendency to build worlds, find patterns and make connections, allowing the multi-sensory experience to provided a heightened sense of engagement with each work.

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PLUS – as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a week of performance art events around Hamilton from 6th-10th September. See individual event listings and follow RAMP GALLERY on facebook for more information.

 

Mon 5 Sep, 5 – 7pm – Opening Preview of PLUNGE
– Ramp Gallery, Collingwood St
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition. This includes a brief artist talk, and the various collaborators will also be present. The works include collaborations with: Paul Bradley, Scott Granville, Mark Hamilton, Jamieson Hudson, Dan Inglis, Owen Mayall, Tony Nicholls, James Sutherland, Alexander Williams, Ben Woollen, and Demeter Fragrance Library.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4603 )

Tue 6 Sep, 7 – 9pm – Musical Portraits with Mark Hamilton
– School of Media Arts, Collingwood St
This is your opportunity to take part in a unique performance art experience where you become part of the artwork. Sure to be an experience unlike any you have been part of before. Featuring live photography by Mark Hamilton. Refreshments provided.
FREE – but strictly limited numbers so book early
TO SECURE YOUR PLACE – EMAIL: wendy.richdale@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4607 )

Wed 7 Sep, 7pm – Conversations: a short film evening
– Creative Waikato, Alexandra St
Join us for a night of short films – including a range of collaborative projects currently unscreened in Hamilton. This is also the album launch for “CONVERSATIONS” – a collection of works for solo instrument and electronics. Also: see the world premiere of “For the Stars from the Undergrowth” a film by Ben Woollen with music featuring Adam Page and Horomona Horo.
FREE
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4616 )

Sat 10 Sep, 6:30pm – Sonic cocktails: a collaboration with Alexander Williams
– Wonder Horse, Victoria St.
Get your tickets to experience the premiere of three new compositions which have been expertly paired with matching cocktails. Sip your drink and experience the full cross-modal multi-sensory effects of this innovative collaboration between Alexander Williams from Wonder Horse and Jeremy Mayall.
Tickets $45 – limited numbers so bookings are essential. To book tickets email:
jeremy.mayall@wintec.ac.nz
(http://www.rampgallery.co.nz/?p=4618 )

 
 

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.

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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!

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.