The annual Adam Chamber Music Festival is on in Whakatū. Yesterday, the New Zealand String Quartet performed Manaaki – co-composed with Ariana Tikao – with Bob Bickerton playing the taonga puoro part. Bob was a significant contributor to the process of making this piece, and was scheduled to perform the premiere at the same Festival in 2022 (cancelled due to COVID), so we’re thrilled to have him play it this year.
Tomorrow, 8 February, Justin DeHart plays the premiere if Catchpool valley, early autumn, for vibraphone and environmental sound. It’s been a great pleasure to work closely with Justin on this piece, and I’m looking forward to further performances, and a recording later this year.