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DOUGLAS PIPES: A Cold Wind, Season's Eatings, from the soundtrack to the film Krampus
New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor Photo: Striped Trees Photography

Auckland composer Alex Taylor is the man of the moment – he has two new quartets touring the country with the Enso String Quartet for Chamber Music New Zealand, he’s starring in his own production of Dido and Aeneas recomposed for Unstuck Opera, and he’s got a new piano piece in a concert from the Karlheinz Co on Sunday. Charlotte Wilson caught up with him to talk about all his different hats.

ALEX TAYLOR: No 8, from Eight Miniatures
Flavio Villani (pno)

BODY: Turtle Time
Michael Neal (speaker), Dorothea Franchi (harp), Heather Charlton (hpschd), Rosemary Mathers (pno), William Dart (org)
Kiwi SLD 30

FARR: Volume Pig
Trust MMT 2030

The CSO have a concert coming up this weekend called Pacific Rhythms.Strike plays in a new multi media extravaganza of Gareth Farr’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra,  complete with new film by David Downes on a massive , 14-metre screen behind the orchestra.The other composers are also Pacific Rim – Jack Body, who spent a lot of time in Asia, and the great Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu. It’s the 20th anniversary this year of Takemitsu’s death and to make that occasion we’ll be playing the work that the CSO will be performing, one of his most glorious pieces - A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden. Typically melding east and west, it’s inspired by a dream he had when he was shown a photograph of Marcel Duchamp with a five pointed start shaved into his head, taken by Man Ray.

TAKEMITSU: A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
Boston SO, Seiji Ozawa
DG 477 5381

RYAN SMITH: Hat Parade, music for the Caryl Churchill play Far Away
Mark Madle (percussion), Emma Kalloway (voice)



CRESSWELL: The Pumpkin Massacre
NZSO CO, Anthony Jennings
Waiteata WTA 002

50th anniversary of Steve Reich's Civil Rights era masterpiece Come Out. The 1966 work uses tape loops of the voice of Daniel Hamm, then 19, describing a beating he took at a Harlem police station after being arrested for participating in the riots of 1964.

REICH: Come Out
Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169

RON SAMSOM: A selection from the album Ace Tone
Ron Samsom & The Neutrino Funk Experience
RATTLE 410275

ALISTAIR FRASER: A selection, from the album Rakiura
Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro)


11:00 New Music Dreams - Satie's Legacy

Erik Satie

Erik Satie Photo: CC 3.0

To mark Satie's 150th birthday next week, we're playing John Cage's tribute to the eccentric French composer who had such a big influence on him. Satie's publisher having denied Cage the rights to perform one of Satie's works,  Cage set his I Ching loose on Satie's work Socrate to create Cheap Imitation for solo piano.

CAGE: Cheap Imitation
Giancarlo Simonacci (pno)
Brilliant Classics 9176

Brian Eno was highly influenced by Satie when he was forging the sound of what was to become known as ambient music. Without Satie paving the way with his 'furniture music', it's unlikely ambient music would exist today.

BRIAN ENO: Discreet Music
Cockpit Ensemble
Virgin 866493