Composing in the Wilderness Alaska


I am absolutely delighted to be going on this amazing adventure into the arctic next week with Composing in the Wilderness. Held in conjunction with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and orchestrated by composer-adventurer Stephen Lias, this programme takes seven composers selected from a competitive pool of applicants into the arctic wild to begin work on a new piece of music for Corvus Ensemble. The resulting piece will be premiered at Federal Hall in New York on the 16th of November, so I'm also extremely excited for that as well! You can find more information on the website below: 

I am of course extremely grateful to the New Zealand School of Music and Victoria University of Wellington for their help in making this possible. I am especially lucky to have been given financial assistance by Joan Mattingley and Charles Cameron Trust Travel Award, The Susan Rhind Award, and the Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Music Award. This is a great opportunity and I'll keep you all up to date as it goes!

I'll be completely off the grid, so away from the internet and other trappings of civilisation. But If you want to keep track of my progress in the wild our location will be broadcast here:

Noisesense Presents: The Craft of Sound and Beer


For those of you in Melbourne, I'm happy to announce that my collaboration with Noisesense and the Rubiks Collective has come to fruition. 

This project partnered composers with Two Birds Brewery in Melbourne to create a programme of new pieces, each inspired by one of Two Birds Craft Beers.

My piece "Clink" pairs with Two Birds Pale. The piece works with the sounds of beer itself, pops, fizzes, and crackles, and then works those sounds in with the ensemble with the use of a keyboard sampler. It's a fun tongue-in-cheek, which really reflects the fun I've had working on this project. Rubiks are a fantastic set of musicians, who have really taken on the essence of the piece in combination with their fun and generous spirit and consummate musicianship.

This looks like a really fun night, and if you're Melbourne and can make it, I urge you to come along!

Information for tickets can be found here:

Infinity Mirror with Arohanui Strings and Orchestra Wellington

New Music!

I know things have been a little quiet for a while, but trust me, this is all about to change with a few exciting premieres coming up! The first of these is with Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings this coming Friday the 18th of May at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Arohanui Strings is a youth string orchestra inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, a programme which promotes social outreach, partnership and self-improvement through music. I've been working as a bass teacher with Arohanui since I got back to New Zealand a couple of years ago. I received this chance to write a piece for them to perform together with Orchestra Wellington thanks to the 2018 SOUNZ Commission for Emerging Players. 



The piece meditates on the relationship between the two orchestras, one filled with seasoned professional musicians, and the other made up up of young students who may aspire to take up the mantle of those in the older orchestra. In a sense the two orchestras reflections of each other, and the latest in a series of such reflections between teachers and students reaching far back into the past. Visually, this idea can be represented by the infinity mirror where two mirrors are placed side by side, resulting in an apparently infinite series of reflections that appears to recede far into the distance. 

The premiere will take place as part of a pops-style concert, featuring music from Star Wars and Moana, as well as fan favourite like the 1812 Overture.

Chris Watson from SOUNZ also put together the following video in which I talk a little more about the piece. A huge thanks to SOUNZ and Orchestra Wellington, as well as the students and teachers at Arohanui Strings lead by Alison Eldredge for making this possible!