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Tell Me My Name

Tell Me My Name Photo: Victoria University Press

What goes on four feet in the morning
Two feet at noon
And three feet in the evening?

Poet Bill Manhire turns his hand to riddles, in this gorgeous new production with Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin, premiered at the Wanaka Festival of Colour and travelling around the country from this weekend.

Also, remembering the beloved NZ composer Jack Body, who died two years ago on 10 May; Alison Isadora’s duo SYNC, currently touring the country; and the new album, Affinity, by Auckland composer Levi Patel.


Jack Body

Jack Body Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Michael Hill International Violin Competition commissions over the ages
Programme 2 of 8: Jack Body

BODY: Caravan
Performer: Natalie Lin (vln)

BODY: Sentimental Songs, 1: Silver Threads among the Gold
Poynton (pno)
Waiteata WTA 006

BODY: Arum Manis         
Kronos Quartet
SOUNZfine Vol 3

BODY: Melodies for Orchestra
Donald Armstrong (vln), Yury Gezentsvey (vln), New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young
Rattle RAT D009

BODY: Cries from the Border
Song Company, New Zealand String Quartet,, Ying Quartet


Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin

Composer and pianist Norman Meehan and vocalist Hannah Griffin have been collaborating for more than 10 years, performing poetry as song. That collaboration has seen them work extensively with New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate Bill Manhire, releasing six CDs of song-settings. They're performing at Booktown, Featherston on Saturday 13 May.

Listen to Norman Meehan talking to Clarissa Dunn about their latest project - Tell Me My Name

Poet Bill Manhire, singer Hannah Griffin and composer Norman Meehan

Poet Bill Manhire, singer Hannah Griffin and composer Norman Meehan Photo: supplied

NORMAN MEEHAN: A selection from the album Tell Me My Name
Norman Meehan (piano) Hannah Griffin (voice), with various musicians
Victoria University Press

NORMAN MEEHAN: Selection from the album Small Holes in the Silence
Norman Meehan (piano) Hannah Griffin (voice) Hayden Chisholm (sax)
Rattle 400610

Alison Isadora

Alison Isadora

Alison Isadora Photo: SOUNZ

New Zealand composer Alison Isadora left NZ exactly 30 years ago for study in the Hague, and has been based in Amsterdam ever since. But this year she is back as the current composer-in residence at Lilburn House and has a number of concerts taking place in May where she's either having her works performed or performing her own works as part of her duo SYNC. The members of SYNC are also giving a workshop on 'performativity and interface'.

SYNC 'Critical State' - Sat 13 May, Audio Foundation, Auckland

SYNC 'Thoughts on performativity and interface' workshop - Wed 17 May, Pyramid Club, Wellington

SYNC 'Critical State' - Transfigured Night, Wed 24 May, Adam Art Gallery

Baroque Voices concert - Sun 28 May, Adam Concert Room, Wellington

ISADORA: Kokako       
SYNC -Jan-Bas Bollen & Alison Isadora
Private Recording

ISADORA: Earth Bell  
Marij Gorkom (clarinet)
Private Recording

ISADORA: De Zeis (The Scythe)
Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Private Recording

Listen to Alison Isadora's recent interview with Charlotte

11:00 New Music Dreams

Levi Patel

Levi Patel Photo: Supplied

LEVI PATEL: Affinity
Levi Patel (gtrs, pnos, bass gtrs, keyboards, vocals, glockenspiels, music boxes), with various musicians
Marigold Music

Listen to Levi talking with Eva Radich about Affinity and more

One of the tracks from the album has been used in a mini-documentary called Last Letters, directed by Nils Clauss. The film commemorates the Sewol Ferry disaster off South Korea in 2014. The ferry capsized while carrying mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School and 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died.