27 Jun 2018

GARETH FARR: Te Kōanga (première)

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 27 June 2018

Heath Quartet: Oliver Heath (violin), Sara Wolstenholme (violin), Gary Pomeroy (viola), Christopher Murray (cello)

Commissioned by the Chamber Music New Zealand Trust in memory of Ian Lyons.

Ian Lyons, luthier (1970-2015

Ian Lyons, luthier (1970-2015 Photo: Supplied

"'Te Kōanga' means Spring or 'Planting Season' in Te Reo Māori. Written in the Spring of 2017, the piece is a celebration of life and regeneration, and the happiness that the return of the sun gives us.
Ian Lyons was a cellist and luthier in Wellington, New Zealand, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2015.
In addition to his passion for music, he was passionate about nature and the outdoors and spent much time observing and experiencing the beautiful and rich environment that Wellington boasts. This piece is not a lament for Ian - rather, it is a joyous celebration of the things that were most important to him." ~ Gareth Farr

The piece incorporates the song of the tui heard by Gareth Farr from a water taxi the Marlborough Sounds.

Recorded 27 June 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack

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