Shorts and Suites - a concert of NZ vocal music

Shorts and SuitesLast week I finished my new work for soprano and piano, Papatūānuku - based on a stunning NZ poem by John Waterman. I am hugely blessed to have written it for Elizabeth Mandeno (soprano) and David Kelly (piano). Here are the details...

The Committee would like to invite you to our final concert for the year: 'Shorts and Suites'. This will be an all vocal concert featuring new and recent song cycles (with piano accompaniment) by Auckland composers, plus a selection of vocal microscores. It will take place on Friday 22 November at 7.30pm, and the venue will be the Maclaurin Chapel on Princes St (next door to the ClockTower). With funding from Auckland Council Arts Alive, we have been able to engage some very fine local performers for this concert.

THE WORKS Helen Bowater, A Rough Sea for the Crossing, Claire Scholes (mezzo) Anthony Young, Night swimming, Te Oti Rakena (baritone) David Hamilton, No Other Heaven, Steven Rapana (tenor) Ryan Youens, Papatūānuku, Elizabeth Mandeno (soprano)

Plus a selection of vocal microscores (1 minute works), recently commissioned by The Committee in a 'call for scores'.

THE PERFORMERS Elizabeth Mandeno - soprano Claire Scholes - mezzo Steven Rapana - tenor Te Oti Rakena - baritone David Kelly - piano

THE DETAILS Shorts & Suites Maclaurin Chapel, University of Auckland, 18 Princes St Friday 22 November 2013 at 7.30pm Tickets: $17/$10 on the door only

Listen to Anthony Young from The Committee talk about the concert on Upbeat:

Please invite your friends and and family - the more the merrier!

Bangers and Mash 2008

Hey everyone, well on the 29th May was The Committee's 2008 Bangers and Mash concert. The point of these concerts is to have composers write music which doesn't use any conventional notation or instruments ... as well as no computers and can be playable by non-musicians. It was great to be involved and it was a fantastic success. Initially I was completely stuck as what to actually do. I mean there are so many options ... using anything that makes a cool sound. An obvious one would be doing something to vegetables. (lol) One night as I was traveling down to Wellington, Wendy (my partner) and I stopped to help a lady change her car tyre. Afterwards we got back in the car and soon after I said "I'VE GOT IT!!".

So my piece was using five players, their spare car tyre and a pair of drum sticks. There was a set beginning and end, but then in the middle was much more freely organised. There were about six different sounds (or techniques), such as bouncing the stick on the tyre, rubbing it against the tyre to get a "squeaking" effect, and so on. There was a leader and they lead through each of these techniques. Overall creating these wonderful textures. It worked really well and was very well received.

The other pieces were fantastic as well, see below. Looking forward to doing more with "The Committee".

For photos click here.

So the pieces were:

  • "Gossip" by Yvette Audain (for spoken voices and used magazine headlines and quotes)
  • "Tyred" by Ryan Youens
  • "Kosurigami" by Anthony Young (was five of us making paper bangers, cranes and darts. Then either banging, flying or throwing them ... fantastic)
  • "Wishing Well" by Peter Willis (solo, dropping various elements into water)
  • "Spotted snakes with double tongue" by Claire Scholes (using text from A Midsummer Night's Dream and various items)