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Nicholas Isherwood: The Electric Voice

Nicholas Isherwood

Nicholas Isherwood Photo: supplied

The most famous bass-baritone in new music - in the world. He’s been right here in New Zealand at the invitation of the NZSM: and in this 2-part series, Charlotte Wilson talks to him about new music, his voice, his music, and composers he has known.

(1) Why new music chose him (not the other way around): his spiritual ancestors in new music, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Elliott Carter; our ‘unsung heroes in New Zealand’; and avant-garde singing techniques, demo’d for you, right here, right now.

HANS WERNER HENZE: El Cimarrón (1972): Der Aufstand
Nicholas Isherwood (bass), Mario Caroli (fl), Magnus Andersson (gtr), Rodolfo Rossi (perc)
Stradivarius STR 33733

Nicholas Isherwood (bass), Pascal Gallois (bsn), Garth Knox (vla)
Stradivarius STR 33265        

NICOLA CISTERNINO: Xöömij (1997) for bass voice and UPIC     
Nicholas Isherwood (bass)
Mode 98/99


BBC Proms: Kurt Schwertsik

Kurt Schwertsik

Kurt Schwertsik Photo: Creative Commons

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

KURT SCHWERTSIK: Schrumpf-Sinfonie
Dennis Russel Davies (vln), Vienna Radio SO/Kurt Schwertsik
Oehms Classics

SCHWERTSIK: Baumgesange, selection
Performers: BBC Philharmonic cond. HK Gruber
Chandos CHAN 10687


10:00 Australian Experimental Composers

MATTHEW HINDSON: Symphony No 1, A Symphony of Modern Objects
New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young
Trust TRI 3004

Sample another piece by Matthew Hindson:


VAL STEPHEN:  Fireworks; BRUCE CLARKE: Of Spiralling Why
From Artefacts of Australian Experimental Music 1930 – 1973
Sham 050

Dr Val Stephen Using a Moog synthesizer, late 1960s

Dr Val Stephen Using a Moog synthesizer, late 1960s Photo: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

11:00 New Music Dreams

SOLO ANDATA: In the Light Storming, from Solo Andata
Paul Fiocco, Kane Ikin
12k 1056

Solo Andata - In The Lens

Solo Andata - In The Lens Photo: album cover art

"In the Lens, Solo Andata’s fourth full-length album, was born from recordings found in the interstices of decades-old hard drives, lost email threads from disused accounts, and forgotten samples recorded on cassette dictaphones. These fragments were combined and re-worked with newer elements to create an album...touched by both folk and jazz and swathed in a dusty, narcotic haze." (12K Records)

Paul Fiocco, Kane Ikin
12k 1086