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

Toi Huarewa / Final Rehearsal

Today we had our final rehearsal, prior to the premiere of Toi Huarewa. It's been an amazing process and, as usual, I'm anticipating the performance with a mixture of excitement and terror. There really is something surreal about spending so many months immersed in a project, and then seeing all of that time and care … Continue reading Toi Huarewa / Final Rehearsal

Toi Huarewa / The Suspended Way

I'm thrilled to announce that the phenomenal NZTrio have commissioned me to compose a 20 minute work for Piano Trio and Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments). It will be premiered on the 24th of March as part of NZTrio's 'Convergence' programme at the Auckland Arts Festival, 2013. Horomona Horo (Nga Puhi / Taranaki / Ngati Porou), master practitioner … Continue reading Toi Huarewa / The Suspended Way