“a spanner” from burlesques mecaniques, performed by NZTrio at Nathan Homestead (September 3), Mairangi Bay Arts Centre (September 9), Leigh Sawmill Cafe (September 10) and Kokomai Festival (October 14)

old threads performed by Micah Brightwell (violin) and Mary Ferillo (viola) at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 19 August

inflection performed by Xiao-Fan Liu (violin) and Leon Bernsdorf (piano) at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 19 August

four little pieces for cello and piano performed by Francesca McNeeley (cello) and Michael Smith (piano) at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 19 August

resistance study performed by Uwe Grodd and Abigail Sperling (flutes) at the National Flute Association Convention, Minneapolis Convention Center, 13 August

a coincidence of surfaces performed by the New Fromm Players, Xiao-Fan Liu (violin 1), Samantha Bennett (violin 2), Mary Ferillo (viola) and Francesca McNeeley (cello) at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 6 August

three arches for solo drumset performed by Jason Treuting, Tanglewood, 15 July

i want a dyke for president, part 1 performed by Stephen de Pledge for William Dart’s 70th Birthday celebrations, Rannoch House Auckland, 24 June

burlesques mecaniques (performed by NZTrio) broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert, 16 June

Intrepid Music Project presents: New Blood 2 at Tim Melville Gallery, 21 May. Featuring six new works by New Zealand composers Kerian Varaine, Naomi Weinroth, Marcus Jackson, Louisa Nicklin, Josiah Carr and Tobias Arrow.

eight miniatures for piano performed by Flavio Villani at St Heliers Community Centre, 7 May

Collaborative performance with Celeste Oram and Keir Gogwilt – Vera Wyse Munro: A Radio Seance (devised by Celeste Oram) at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 15 April

Dido and Aeneas Recomposed performed by Unstuck Opera, directed by Frances Moore, at BATS Theatre, Wellington, 31 March to 13 April

My arrangement of Richard Strauss’s Four Lieder op. 27 for piano trio (performed by NZTrio) broadcast on RNZ Concert, 24 March

constellations for piano, performed by Lawrence Axelrod at University of Auckland Music Theatre, 24 March

Performance with Blackbird Ensemble Carnivale, for Myers Park Festival, 26 February


a coincidence of surfaces (performed by the Enso Quartet) broadcast on RNZ Concert, 19 December

Performance of Eve de Castro-Robinson’s Len Songs for her 60th birthday celebration, Kenneth Myers Center, 26 November

My arrangement of Richard Strauss’s Four Lieder op. 27 for piano trio performed by the NZTrio at Q Loft Auckland (Nov 13 and Nov 15) and Christchurch Arts Centre (17 November). A video of the Christchurch performance here

refrain for string quartet performed by the Aroha String Quartet (Haihong Liu, violin; Anne Loeser, violin; Zhongxian Jin, viola; Robert Ibell, cello) at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington, 26 October 2015 for the Aroha Quartet-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings




warm fuzzies

there are times when you wonder why on earth you decided to do what you do. but then you get those moments where you’re like, hell yeah, how could i possibly do anything else. i had a moment last night. i was commissioned late last year to write a new work for soprano and strings for westlake chamber orchestra, to take on tour to europe. it’s a setting of a te reo text called Tiaho Mai (“Shine Forth”) by Na Pania Papa. a kind of spectral/harmonic orchestral treatment under/alongside a very testing expressive vocal line, all sorts of quartertones, harmonics, cross-rhythms in the strings (these are high school students!). having heard them early on in rehearsals i thought perhaps the piece was a dud, that i’d been reckless and silly with my orchestration… then they performed last night at the KBB festival (secondary schools orchestra competition) and just totally nailed it. their performance showed a real cohesion and understanding of the stuff of the music, the layers, the dialogues, the space of the work, which i have to say is quite rare. the silence at the end of the piece was spectacular. a woman i knew came up to me after the performance and told me she teared up. so i want to thank Mark Bennett (conductor), Michaela Cadwgan (soprano), and everyone involved in the orchestra for giving me a hell yeah moment. very proud to be a Westlake old boy and to have the privilege to write for such open-minded, conscientious and musical performers. cheers

Soo-Young: The Musical!

Soo Young Kim is back and OH MY is she badder than ever!!

She had such a fabulous time performing in Renee Lyons’s show “Nick: An Accidental Hero”, she decided its time to do it again. But this time it’s all about her!!

“Come and join the night of the beautiful songs and there is music and flowers and sunny day!” she says…

Will she pull it off? Can she sing and dance? and what exactly is the story of her life? 

Soo-Young: The Musical is a heartfelt, rollicking-good-time comedy about one woman’s hope filled struggle to find her way in a foreign country. We experience the triumphs and tribulations of an immigrant in NZ through the fantastical and world and imagination of this delightful and familiar character.

Music written and performed by Alex Taylor and Renee Lyons

Running upstairs at the Basement, lower Greys Ave, Tuesday 1 April to Saturday 5 April, all shows 7pm (approx 1 hour)

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 16 March 2.30pm, St Matthew’s in the city

St Matthew’s chamber orchestra performing a new short work of mine for strings, window, at st matthew’s in the city. Also on the programme Tchaikovsky’s rococo variations with wonderful soloist Elia Sakakuchev-von Bismark, Haydn’s symphony no. 49 and Schubert’s symphony no. 4

Blackbird Ensemble: The Night Sky

A glowing electric orchestra in a pitch black ballroom. Join us to watch the stars come out to dance. Blackbird’s new show promises to be the most exciting yet.

4 Shows only. Don’t miss out. Bookings available SOON from
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Thursday April 24th, 8pm, $25
Friday April 25th, 8pm, $25
Saturday April 26th, 6pm All Ages Show $15/$25
Saturday April 26th, 10pm Late night space disco $30

IMP presents: New Blood

Intrepid Music Project presents: New Blood


To coincide with the 2014 CANZ Composers Conference, the Intrepid Music Project is curating a concert of works by young New Zealand composers, entitled New Blood. The concert will feature new commissions by Celeste Oram, Alex Wolken, Reuben Jelleyman, David Taylor, Salina Fisher, Glen Downie, Callum John Blackmore and Nelson Lam, utilising various combinations of a newly formed ensemble comprising violin, viola, bass, accordion, clarinet and percussion.

Friday April 11, 8pm at Kerr Street Artspace (The Museum of the Vernacular), Devonport, Auckland.

Violin: Peau Halapua
Viola: Alex MacDonald
Clarinet: Kenny Keppel
Bass: Eric Scholes
Accordion: David Framil Carpeño
Percussion: Sam Rich

Tickets cash at the door, $25 / $15

Drinks and nibbles