Final notes go in for Victoria Kelly's "Toi Huarewa / Suspended Way"

29139319-24 Toi Huarewa 1185 This week I have had the absolute pleasure of typesetting Victoria Kelly's new piece Toi Huarewa / Suspended Way - a 20-minute collaboration with Horomona Horo, Tim Worrall and NZTrio.

There are so many great things about my job, but getting to see how different composers work and seeing their ideas come together on paper is just wonderful. It was also very inspiring seeing the collaborative nature of this work too, right from the early workshops (as can be viewed here in a short documentary by Jonathan King) up until the final post-rehearsal tweaks and revisions.

This morning, without a moment to spare, the final version got the tick of approval and it's good to.

It looks stunning on paper and the snippet of rehearsal I heard was amazing so I think we're in for a treat tonight. 7pm in the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. The concert is part of the Auckland Festival and also features works by Gareth Farr, Gao Ping and Chen Yi.


See you there!

Just add an orchestra and ... magic!!

Well there's one thing that always gets me going. Gets me so excited that I want to start a project such as that myself. It is orchestral collaborations with bands etc. Just love it. Some "purists" hate it, but they are just boring. To me, they are something that the players love, because they are at long last doing something new and fresh, and the audiences love it because of too many reasons to note. Of course also, it brings a whole new audience to an "orchestra" concert. These were popularised firstly I guess by the legendary Michael Kamen. He orchestrated and conducted so many concerts, including ones with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Bryan Adams, Sting and Metallica. The latter, I think, is absolutely amazing. See a track from it here. It is so wonderfully orchestrated and put together. Of course the huge full size orchestra makes it all the more better.

MANY of these happen each every year and I wish there was some place where I could keep track of them all. Another one I found was a recent one from the UK. This orchestra is much smaller in size, but still, it's an orchestra. This one is The Bays, who are an improvisation kinda band, who teamed up with The Heritage Orchestra in Liverpool. They also do some amazing stuff with how the orchestra players get their music ... check it out.

Finally, I can't leave without mentioning a little homegrown talent. John Psathas recently arranged all the music for a Little Bushmen / Auckland Philharmonia gig. I couldn't make it to the concert, but have watched the documentary, and it's fantastic. It's a three part doco which starts here, but if you want to go straight to the final concert, see that here.

Well I've only briefly mentioned three, so do let me know if you have any favourites.