Phil BrownleePhil Brownlee is a composer, sound artist, and sound engineer, based in Wellington, New Zealand.

As a composer of concert music, his work is published under the name Philip Brownlee.

As well as composing concert music, he is also interested in working with recorded sound, improvised performance, and collaborative approaches to sound-making.

See the Biography page for more information.

Tendril and Nebula, Q Theatre, Auckland

This coming weekend, Auckland ensemble 175 East will be performing Tendril and Nebula, at Q Theatre in Auckland. Music by Dorothy Ker and James Saunders is also on the programme.

Details here; Sunday 8 December, 8pm, 305 Queen Street, Auckland.

Tendril and Nebula was commissioned by 175 East in 1999 (my first professional commission!), and I’m very much looking forward to revisiting it with them.

Mirror of Time 2 review

On the Middle C website, Peter Mechen has published a review of Stroma’s Mirror of Time 2 concert, which included my new piece, Canzona per sonare: Degraded Echoes.

…the opening tones “summoned” as it seemed from faraway places, a sombre medieval sound made of long-held lines from strings and recorder, the lines and harmonies vying with the actual timbres, giving we listeners the opportunity to think spatially, or else indulge our preoccupations. An agitated middle section, aleatoric in effect, underlined rhythmic and pitching gestures, encompassed by piercing tones from the recorder, and took us at the end to edges of known territories, where wonderment begins.

Thanks, Peter!

The whole review is here.

The Mirror of Time 2

Stroma’s next concert features the première of a new piece, Canzona per sonare: Degraded Echoes.

It’s a short piece for recorder and string quartet, featuring Kamala Bain, with Stroma’s regular string players.

The concert is a continuation of last year’s performances under the same title, made up of arrangements of early music, alongside music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The early music is drawn from the avant-garde of its own time, and should contain a few surprises for modern ears.

There are two performances, at St Mary’s of the Angels, in Wellington, on 26 April, at 6pm and 8pm.

More information can be found on Stroma’s website.

Mists and Voices on Sound Lounge

The electroacoustic piece Mists and Voices will be broadcast on Sound Lounge next week – Tuesday 16 October, 7pm (NZDT), on Radio New Zealand Concert.

There are technical things about the piece that are tricky for radio, so it will be interesting to hear how it comes across.

The broadcast is part of the Resound series, which is a joint project between RNZ Concert and SOUNZ, aimed at making the contents of RNZC’s archive of New Zealand music available for broadcast, and online. The whole series (each week in Sound Lounge for the next few months) is highly recommended.

Hilary Hahn Encores Contest

The results of the Hilary Hahn Encores Contest have been announced. The full announcement is here.

Congratulations to the winner, Jeff Myers.

Also, my piece, Pariwhero, received an honourable mention, and the prospect of a performance by Hilary Hahn in the future.

There’s a nice write-up, and an interview with Hilary Hahn, at NewMusicBox.

My part in it is only small, but it’s really exciting to be involved in a project like this.