Hine-pū-te-hue chamber music concert

The Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts have their chamber music series available for online viewing until 3 April. The Hine-pū-te-hue programme includes the premiere recording of Manaaki, by Philip Brownlee and Ariana Tikao, along with music by Gillian Whitehead and Amy Beach.

Many thanks to the New Zealand String Quartet for the collaboration and performance, and to the festival for the commmission.

11 Frames from Rattle Records

Rattle Records have just released 11 Frames, a collection of music for violin and piano by New Zealand composers, performed by Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins. One of the tracks is Water Sketch with Tui. Many thanks to both of them for a beautiful performance, and to the production team of Kenneth Young, Steve Garden, and John Kim for the great-sounding recording.

The album is available via Bandcamp:

Lutalica, by Mark McGregor

I’m very happy to share the release of Lutalica, by Vancouver-based flautist Mark McGregor. This recording is part of a project featuring a series of concerts of music from around the Pacific Rim, followed by studio recordings.

It includes a spectacular performance of Harakeke, and I recommend the whole album. Mark’s put together a great programme; each piece has its own strong identity, and there’s also a really interesting network of points of contact between them. There’s a second set of recordings on the way – look out for it.