Landscape Preludes / Henry Wong Doe

Rattle Records, the Wallace Arts Trust and the Victoria University Press have come together to release this wonderful recording by Henry Wong Doe of twelve Landscape Preludes by Dame Gillian Whitehead, Ross Harris, Lyell Cresswell, Gareth Farr, Dylan Lardelli, Eve de Castro Robinson, Jack Body, Samuel Holloway, Michael Norris, John Psathas, Jenny McLeod and me. Originally … Continue reading Landscape Preludes / Henry Wong Doe

Mana Wahine / Okareka Dance Company

When I was a student at Auckland University (more than 20 years ago) our orchestra was invited to perform Vivaldi's 'Gloria' live with the Douglas Wright Dance Company at the Wellington International Festival of the Arts. One of the things I remember about that time is that there genuinely seemed to be more heroes for kids … Continue reading Mana Wahine / Okareka Dance Company

Field Punishment No.1 / Screening Date

As part of the approach to the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day, 'Field Punishment No.1' has been scheduled to air on April 22nd at 8.30pm on TV One. To watch the trailer, click HERE. Wilfred Owen wrote "All a poet can do today is warn." Despite their philosophical differences, I think there were many similarities between Wilfred Owen … Continue reading Field Punishment No.1 / Screening Date

Neil Finn / ‘Recluse’ live at WFUV, New York

Here's a film of the performance that we did live to air on WFUV New York. I love this song... it's one of my favourites on the album.

Field Punishment No.1 / Music

I am delighted that the producers of 'Field Punishment No.1' have given me permission to add some excerpts from the score to my blog. I won't give any information about the context of these pieces - just the titles. Take from them what you will. The score features Ashley Brown / Cello and Nigel Gavin … Continue reading Field Punishment No.1 / Music

Neil Finn / Live on KCRW

Here's a live-to-air performance of 'Impressions' from Neil's new album, Dizzy Heights, that we did in LA, on KCRW. Performing the string arrangement is The Section Quartet.

Neil Finn / Dizzy Heights Showcases

I should perhaps have posted about this before I left - but there's more to talk about now  I've actually done it... I've just returned from a pretty extraordinary trip to the USA and England, showcasing Neil Finn's new album - Dizzy Heights (which can be pre-ordered here). This photo was taken by Frank Donnelly … Continue reading Neil Finn / Dizzy Heights Showcases