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We look forward to the visit of the fabulous Wu Man, the Chinese master of the pipa who’s not only famous in China, she’s famous around the world, you might remember she was here in Akl with the Kronos Quartet a few years ago. She’s a founding member of the Silk Road ensemble with Yo Yo Ma and is  famous for  bringing this ancient instrument into the modern age, performing with major ensembles and orchestras the world over… and now she’s right here in Wellington for a one-off with the NZSQ. Whet your appetite with one of her grooviest recordings.

Wu Man

Wu Man Photo: Supplied

PLUS, one of the world’s funkiest wind ensembles are touring for CMNZ, Imani Winds (tune in for Charlotte presenting the concert right at the start of their tour on Tuesday); and more from the beautiful new album from the Jade String Quartet on Rattle, Parlour Games.

 In the second hour we have the first half of a totally moving 1st world war project from the Auckland Philharmonia, Letters from Wartime, being contemporary responses by emerging composers for the concert at the War memorial museum, marking the 100th anniversary of the 1-day ceasefire in May 1915. We’ll be playing that in two parts and tonight it’s works by Rachel Morgan and Callum Blackmore, after the 10:00 news.


TAN DUN: Concerto for string orch & pipa
Wu Man (pipa), Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet
Onyx 4027

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA arr. Jeff Scott: Libertango; LALO SCHIFRIN: La Nouvelle Orleans
Imani Winds
Koch KIC CD 7599

Parlour Games

Parlour Games Photo: album cover art

VALERIE COLEMAN: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
Imani Winds

PETER ADAMS: Look to the Far Horizon, from the album Parlour Games
Jade String Quartet
Rattle D-073 2017

10:00 Letters in Wartime Part 1

Rachael Morgan

Rachael Morgan Photo: SOUNZ

In May 2015, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra marked the 100th anniversary of a one-day ceasefire during the Gallipoli campaign with a special concert held in the Events Centre of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

New works by emerging composers were written in response to letters, taken from the Museum’s collection. The letters were penned by soldiers serving in the First World War to their loved ones back in New Zealand.

We’ll hear first two of those works tonight.

RACHAEL MORGAN: Seeking Answers to the Riddle; CALLUM BLACKMORE: The First Time I Stood… - Milla Dickens (sop), Auckland Philharmonia Orch/Hamish McKeich

10:55 New Music Dreams

Christopher de Groot - Sailing Ships and Tarot Cards

Christopher de Groot - Sailing Ships and Tarot Cards Photo: album cover art

“An acid-soaked moonlit cruise through a landscape of 60s exotica, Delia Derbyshire inspired sci-fi soundscapes, classic Bernard Herrmann, a pinch of John Zorn, and a twist of David Lynch.” (Rattle Records)

CHRISTOPHER DE GROOT: Sailing Ships and Tarot Cards
Christopher de Groot (various instruments), Asha Henfry (flutes), Callum Moncrieff (vibraphone, percussion), Cecilia Low (wordless vocals, Tarot card reader), Nic Synot (dbass), David Karsten (news reporter)
Rattle RAT D067