Concerts, Albums and Scores

The end of last week got kind of manic with a range of projects reaching finishing points.

– sending scores, parts, backing tracks and other performance details for the performers of a new multimedia chamber work “Flutter”.

– submitting full score and parts for a new orchestral piece “convoluted” for the NZSO SOUNZ Recordings in February next year (alas I won’t get to hear it live because I will be in Nepal)

– A fun concert at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Audience relaxed on beanbags, a great big reverberant space, acoustic piano drenched in electronics – All good things. Here are a few pics from the concert.

The setup for the concert.

The Grand Foyer space (top floor) in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

 

PLUS! on the weekend we also released the Scorelocks Collective Album “A Collection of Cues – Vol.1”. It is available on bandcamp now!

Re-writes and new ideas

I have just come to (what I think and hope) is the end of the re-write process for my chamber orchestra piece ‘The Long White Cloud’… Just need to let it sit with me a few more days and then it will be on to the re-recording part.

I think that, despite my frustration for having to re-write, it has been worth it and I have come out with a much stronger piece of music. It has a much more definite and purposeful journey. I think it says something, even if that something is not definitively prescribed.

Other than working on this re-write, the past couple of weeks has included:

– Collaborating on a contemporary art work (moving image based).

– Writing the score for 2 short film as part of the 48Hr Film Festival.

– And doing a bit of baking, teaching, marking and all those other fun things.

Will hopefully have some more music to share with you all soon!

All of the goings on

There has been a lot going on in the past few weeks! Thought it must be about time I did an update.

I am still working away at the post-production of the recordings of my PhD Concert. Both in the way of audio mixing and video editing with Dan Inglis. The audio part of this process has been made more difficult with various computer issues, but I am trying to maintain a positive outlook on this (and mostly succeeding!) – This has also lead me to start work on a new piece for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, as well as a collaborative piece with the lovely Julia Booth. 

The Scorelocks Collective have been working on a bluegrass-influenced score for Chasing Time Productions new film ‘Serve and Protect’. It has been an interesting process to craft mockups and then work entirely with live acoustic instruments in crafting this score. It is a very fun little film!

I also went to watch Carving in Ice Theatre’s new piece ‘Instructions for Life’ – it is a very entertaining, odd, and intriguing production. Well worth a watch – they have a second season coming up in Cambridge at the start of June. It also features a range of music written by myself and The Scorelocks Collective. It was quite fun to hear my music in a completely new setting!

I also had the honour of performing at and teching at Adam Maha‘s fundraising concert on Sunday Night. He is heading to the US for a conducting course – the first big step on his way to international stardom in the conducting world! He is still raising funds, so flick him a message if you are so inclined!

Coming Up: V48Hr Film Fest, a short musical film, finishing off more PhD work, and then whatever else the universe throws my way! Ahh the life of a composer/musician… its an interesting one!

Winter Storm

Another short film that I worked on with the Scorelocks Collective is currently making its way through the festival circuit.

The film directed by Attila Adam is an intimate father and son tale, tracking the morning of their first hunting trip together.

It is still early days but so far its festival run includes:

  • Official Selection of Long Island International Film Expo
  • Official Selection of Arizona International Film Festival

You can check out the trailer here:

Winter Storm – Trailer from Popscure on Vimeo.