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News from the man who Richard Nunns has passed his mantle onto - Alastair Fraser. The taonga puoro artist and expert has just got back from a Winston Churchill fellowship to the UK to document and record the most important collections in museums and galleries of our precious taonga puoro.

The Troubles - Kapow

The Troubles - Kapow Photo: album cover art

Also tonight, two brand new releases  Including the new album from Wellington band The Troubles, KAPOW: and The Passing of a Black Star from the New Zealand Guitar Quartet, who have just embarked on an epic tour of the country 17 centres that began in Onekaka on Wednesday and winds its way through to Hawera on 21 July.


New Zealand Guitar Quartet

New Zealand Guitar Quartet Photo: Supplied

MARIÁN BUDOŠ: The Passing of a Black Star
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
Rattle  RAT-D071

BRUCE PAINE: Aotearoa Suite
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
Rattle  RAT-D071

Alastair Fraser

A selection from his new self-released album United Kingdom Taonga Puoro, where Alistair plays and records precious Maori instruments housed in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Norwich and London.

The Troubles

A selection from the new album Kapow by the eclectic Wellington band led by drummer John Rae

10:00 Musical Mystics

ERIK SATIE: Vexations
Jeroen van Veen (pno),
Brilliant Classics 8551

ALAN HOVHANESS: Symphony No 22, City of Light
Seattle Symphony, Alan Hovhaness
Naxos 8.559158

Cracow Radio & TV Orch, Jurg Wyttenbach
Accord 476 1072

11:00 New Music Dreams

Mono no aware - PAN compilation album

Mono no aware - PAN compilation album Photo: album cover art

The loose meaning of Mono no aware is "the pathos of things" or "an empathy towards things".  This compilation from Berlin experimental label PAN explores and stretches the concept of "ambient" music and posits it as a commentary of modern technology .

VARIOUS: Mono no Aware
Various Artists