Stroma’s next concert, Tātai Whetū, is a programme of works for taonga puoro and ensemble. Featuring Ariana Tikao and Alistair Fraser, performing music by Ariana Tikao, Philip Brownlee, Dylan Lardelli, Tristan Carter, Gillian Whitehead, and Hirini Melbourne.
The programme includes a new version for chamber ensemble of Ko te tātai whetū. The smaller forces have allowed us to free it up a lot, so that the ensemble players can follow the taonga puoro in improvisation. It’s striking how a second strand of taonga puoro multiplies the richness of the palette. Rehearsals are underway, and it’s sounding great.
The concert is at the Hannah Playhouse (Wellington), Wednesday 28 June, 7:30 pm.
This Friday, 22 April, at 7pm NZST, Radio New Zealand Concert will broadcast the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s Kaleidoscope Colours concert from June last year.
This includes the premiere of Ko te tātai whetū, the piece for taonga pūoro and orchestra composed in collaboration with Ariana Tikao. The complete concert also includes music by Peter Sculthorpe, Lissa Meridan, and Béla Bartók.
Thanks to Darryl Stack, David Houston, and Andrew Collins for the beautiful recording.
I don’t think this is the first broadcast, but this time I’ve spotted it before it happens.
I’ve been collaborating with Ariana Tikao on a concerto for taonga pūoro and orchestra. The piece was commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and we’re very grateful for their support and commitment to the project. We’ve also been working with Dr Richard Nunns, and it’s been wonderful to work with Richard again.
Ko te tātai whetū will have its premiere on Saturday 13 June, at the Air Force Museum of NZ, in Wigram.
Details of the concert are here.
It’s that time of year again. Ben Hoadley is presenting a concert of woodwind music by New Zealand composers at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington.
Rowena Simpson and Kamala Bain will be performing Night Countdown, and the programme also includes pieces by Douglas Lilburn, Helen Fisher, Robbie Ellis, James Gardner, and Ross Harris.
Wednesday 13 May, 12:15 pm
St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
There’s also a concert in Auckland on Friday 15 May, with a different programme.
My friends Rowena Simpson (soprano) and Kamala Bain (recorders) are giving two concerts in Wellington next week. The programme is titled Travelling Spirits, and features old and new music for voice and recorder.
The new music includes pieces by Nicola LeFanu, John Rodgers, Karel van Steenhoven, Lyell Cresswell, Dorothy Ker, Helen Fisher, as well as the première of my new piece, Night Countdown, commissioned by Rowena and Kamala.
The concerts are:
Wednesday 29 October, 12.15-1.00pm at St Marks Church, 58 Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Sunday 2 November, 2.00-3.00pm at Futuna Chapel, Friend St, Karori, Wellington
Ben Hoadley’s annual New Zealand Music for Woodwind concert is coming up on 14 May.
This year it features music by Kenneth Young, Gillian Whitehead, Natalie Hunt, and the première of my new piece, Stolen Time, for recorder and dulcian, written for Ben and Kamala Bain.
The concert’s part of the St Andrew’s on the Terrace Lunchtime Concert Series:
Wednesday 14 May, 12:15 pm, St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington.
And it’s free.
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.
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.
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.