Narrator, notated cello, improvising piano, taonga pūoro
Text: Tungia Baker
Ipu exists in recorded form only, (on Ipu, Rattle D007), and tells in te reo Maōri Tungia Baker's story, reminiscent of the old teaching stories, of Waka (a canoe), and Kowhai (an elegant yellow-flowered tree that grows on the Tararuas). Their mutual friend, Tui acts as a go -between, telling the Waka of Kowhai and Kowhai of Waka. Then one day, there is a great storm, which changes everything.
Tungia Baker (narration) Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro) Judy Bailey (piano) Georg Pedersen (cello)
Richard Davy's Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christe
re-contextualised for voices, brass, woodwind, percussion.
Richard Davy's Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christe was re-contextualised by composers of the New Zealand School of Music, (David Farquhar, GW, Ross Harris, Michael Norris, Lissa Meridan, Jack Body, who organised the memorable event), in which the audience was encouraged to walk around the performance area during the work. My contribution was the Gethsemane narrative.
The performance was given by The Tudor Consort conducted by Alistair Carey and the Royal Air Force Band conducted by Owen Clark, 2nd June, 2006, Great Hall, Massey University, Wellington.
piano trio, Cambodian trio (singer, tro, wind instruments)
One of four pieces, with others by Chinary Ung, Him Sophy and Jack Body, which together form the O Cambodia Project.
There is a Cambodian proverb - "the rowing boat passes, the river bank remains”, which to me suggests that isolated events in history, or in a person's life, eventually pass, while history, and life itself, flow on. Within the O Cambodia project, devised and driven by Jack Body and involving two Cambodian and two New Zealand composers, I wanted to present a narrative which moves from the Khmer Rouge times into the future, moving from the hard times that affected every Cambodian now over the age of 40 into a profoundly altered world.
The first section of the river flows on.... is Prophecy, which presents an ancient saying whose source is no longer remembered. The second section, Sokha's story, tells the story of Sokha Mey, who currently lives and works in Wellington. She was a young girl living with her family in a small village near Siem Reap when Lon Nol's forces were defeated, and the Khmer Rouge came to power. The final section, the river flows on...takes Sokha's story into the future, where she was able to make a new life for herself in New Zealand.
As much curated as composed, the river flows on... includes several songs and dances in their traditional form. the river flows on... was commissioned for the O Cambodia programme with funding from Creative New Zealand.
The ensemble Tray So consists of Him Savy (spoken and sung voice, drums) Him Sophy (tro, spoken voice) and Keo Dorivan (wind instruments)
First performance: NZ Trio, Tray So (Him Savy, Keo Dorivan, Him Sophy), Concert Chamber, Auckland Festival, 17 March, 2011 Also performed in Wellington.
four dancers, an actor, flute/picc, Bb/bass clar, cello
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out the window breath bone feather, devised with Carol Brown, draws on the extraordinarily rich history of the Pah homestead in Hillsborough, Auckland, with its changing populations of landed gentry, servants, orphans, nuns, immigrants and those in need of emergency housing. acknowledging as well the prehistory and its site as a former pah. The piece explores the memories and stories that resonate through the house and landscape, integrating and blurring the boundaries between dance, music, time and text. The work, whose genesis drew on elements of the natural world, is adaptable to different situations. For instance, a section drawing on the energies of an incoming tide here becomes the rising tide of memories engendered through time. Musically, there are several set pieces, while other sections, which may involve musicians interacting with the other performers, are improvised. First performance: Pah homestead, 21st October, 2013.
Dancers: Kelly Nash, Nancy Wijohn, Emilia Rubio, Zahra Killeen-Chance. Actor: Peter Tait. Musicians from 175 East: Luca Manghi, Andrew Uren, Katherine Hebley.
Written while the composer was the TSB Wallace Arts Trust artist-in-residence, with additional support from a CNZ Quick response grant for initial development, and Carol Brown's research award through the University of Auckland's NICAI's Faculty Research and Development Fund.
(Co-written with Megan Collins)
Rabab pasisia and piano trio
Text: Rafilosa bin Rafii and Yono Soekarno
Kaba Nan Baru, which means 'a new story' was co-written with Megan Collins, who carries the tradition of the West Sumatran rabab pasisia, for performance by her with NZTrio during a festival celebrating Jack Body at the Zhejiang Conservatory in Hangzhou.
The text of Rafilosa bin Rafii praises the attributes of Jack Body as a teacher and musician, while the text of Yono Soekano translates part of Kekawin Sutasoma, written in the thirteenth century, from Kawi into contemporary Javanese. Sections of traditional playing and singing initially alternate with the music of the trio; as the work progresses the streams combine.