23 Sep 2023

S FISHER: Mata-Au for string trio

From Music Alive, 2:02 pm on 23 September 2023

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Martinborough Music Festival 2023: Benjamin Baker (violin), Amanda Verner (viola), Matthias Balzat (cello), Salina Fisher (composer)

Martinborough Music Festival 2023 Photo: Pete Monk Photography

Here's how Fisher describes this work's inspiration:

“Mata-Au, the Māori name of the Clutha River, means ‘surface current’. In Japanese, the homophonous phrase また逢う (mata-au) means ‘to meet again’. The water dances and swirls as it connects places and people. It flows and gushes with forward momentum and anticipation. In writing this piece I was also inspired by ‘spring’, both as the season of its premiere, and as a bubbling source of water.”

Fisher was commissioned to composer the work for the inaugural 2021 At the World's Edge Festival in Otago and has been performed in London, New York, Chicago, and now Martinborough by the festival's Artistic Director Benjamin Baker.  Baker was joined by violist Amanda Verner and cellist Matthias Balzat in this performance.


Benjamin Baker (vln), Amanda Verner (vla), Matthias Balzat (cello) Performed at the Martinborough Music Festival in the Martinborough Town Hall, 23 September, 2023