7 Sep 2019

Farr-Out Trio plays Farr

From Music Alive, 3:02 pm on 7 September 2019

Farr-Out Trio – Atawhai Martin (violin), Purotu Martin (cello), Matthew He (piano)

Farr-Out Trio

Farr-Out Trio Photo: Jeffery Wen, Chamber Music New Zealand

Farr-Out Trio from Whangarei celebrated their ethnic diversity with a New Zealand work - Gareth Farr’s ‘Ahi’.

This piece was originally composed in 1998 for The Ogen Trio, whose members were Kiwi, American and Bulgarian musicians.

“Ahi” in te reo Māori means “Fire”.

Farr-Out Trio recognise that fire is associated with dynamism, energy, liveliness, passion, spirit, love, a flame in battles, and a light in the darkness among many other qualities.

The musical worlds change in each of the work’s four movements. The flavour of a French lullaby pours out of the first. An intense and unrelenting second movement harbours overtones of a Russian military factory. The Balinese pop-inspired fourth movement contains numerous gamelan-like effects.

Recorded by RNZ, Auckland Town Hall, 3 August 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd, Engineer: Adrian Hollay