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Nicholas Isherwood - The Electric Voice

Nicholas Isherwood

Nicholas Isherwood Photo: supplied

The inspiring American bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood returns to New Zealand for a concert (Sat 13 Aug, Adam Concert Room, Wellington) featuring his speciality -  the fusion of voice and technology. The pre-eminent singer has worked closely with such luminaries as John Cage, George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, with whom he collaborated for 23 years. 

JOHN CAGE: Aria with Fontana Mix
Nicholas Isherwood (voice), G. Verlingieri (tape realisation)
BIS 2149

BBC Proms: Lera Auerbach and Helen Grime

As RNZ Concert continues coverage of the Proms, just weeks after the live concerts in London, we’re focusing on the new music featured at the Proms here in Sound Lounge. This week:

LERA AUERBACH: Chorale, Fugue & Postlude Op 31
Chorale, Fugue & Postlude Op 31
Lera Auerbach (pno)
BIS CD 1462

Tapioca Dragon

The crunch-improv duo of Andy Wright and Mark Williams (with guest appearances from Paul Timings) has released a self-titled debut release on the Burning Log label. It's made up of excerpts from studio recordings made in Newtown, Wellington between 2012-15. To mark the release Tapioca Dragon are playing at the Pyramid Club in Wellington on Friday 12 August along with Birchville Cat Motel.

TAPIOCA DRAGON: Ozone Thickshake
Andy Wright (drums), Mark Williams (gtr), Paul Timings (keyboard)
Burning Log

The Piano

New world class music centre to open in Christchurch

Digital plans for The Piano music centre in Christchurch

Digital plans for The Piano music centre in Christchurch Photo: supplied

ROSS HARRIS: Piano Quintet
Stephen De Pledge (pno), New Zealand String Quartet


Manuel Göttsching: From Kraut Rock to Techno

Manuel Göttsching

Manuel Göttsching Photo: supplied

Trevor Reekie talks with influential German guitarist and composer Manuel Göttsching who started his musical journey when he formed the legendary avant-garde band Ash Ra Tempel in 1970.

ASHRA: 77 Slightly Delayed
Manuel Göttsching (gtr)


Montreal SO/Pedro Halffter
Warner 2564 67195-7

JUDD GREENSTEIN: The Night Gatherers
Chiara String Quartet
New Amsterdam NWAM 106

11:00 New Music Dreams

DEUX FILLES: Zazinthos; Who Art in Heaven, from Double Happiness
Gemini Forque, Claudine Coule
Papier Maché ‎PULP 32

Deux Filles - Space & Time

Deux Filles - Space & Time Photo: album cover art

"Les Disques du Crépuscule presents Space & Time, a brand new album by Deux Filles, the reclusive arthouse duo comprising Colin Lloyd-Tucker and Simon Fisher Turner, aka Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule...Space & Time sees Deux Filles reunited after 33 (and a third) years of silence, recorded on a musical Grand Tour which took in France, England, Scotland, Nicaragua and Japan. " (Les Disques du Crépuscule)

DEUX FILLES: Space & Time
Gemini Forque, Claudine Coule
Les Disques du Crépuscule TWI 1161

See The Quietus review of Space & Time