25 Aug 2018

Sound Lounge: 2018 SOUNZ Contemporary Award nominees; Japanese woodcuts turned into music; Vasks's spiritual summary of the times

From Sound Lounge, 9:30 pm on 25 August 2018


Leonie Holmes

Leonie Holmes Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2018 finalists announced!

Leonie Holmes – ‘Dance of the Wintersmith’
Rosie Langabeer – ‘Occulmente’
Michael Norris – ‘Sygyt’

Leonie Holmes's Dance of the Wintersmith for violin and piano drew inspiration from the fantasy novel Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, set in the Discworld.

HOLMES: Dance of the Wintersmith - Andrew Beer (vln), Sarah Watkins (pno) (RNZ)


PSATHAS: Ukiyo - Pedro Carneiro (vibes), Jeremy Fitzsimons (mar), John Psathas (electronics) (RATTLE RAT D018)

ROCHBERG: Ukiyo-E (Pictures of the Floating World) - Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) (TELARC CD 80488)

GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI: Kaneda, from Akira Symphonic Suite - Geinoh Yamashirogumi (Milan Records)

Japanese anime Akira was made in 1988 and celebrated it’s 30th anniversary recently. The soundtrack by Japanese music collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi uses gamelan and has quite the cult following.

VASKS: String Quartet No 4 - Kronos Quartet (NONESUCH 7559 79695)

Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's String Quartet No 4 has been called a kind of spiritual summary of our recent past. In it Vasks has contemplated the passing of the twentieth century -- its violence and tragedy balanced against its more benign aspects.

NZ composer David Grahame Taylor calls his orchestral work Embiosis “an elegy and a nostalgia for a state of being encapsulated in a warm cocoon of safety.”

D TAYLOR: Embiosis - New Zealand SO/Darrell Ang (RNZ)

HUERCO S: Marked for Life; The Sacred Dance - Brian Leeds (electronics) (Probito PRB 018)

11:05 Relevant Tones: Boston Modern Orchestra Project

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is widely known as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing the 20th and 21st century music and its signature record label, BMOP/sound, reflects those standards. While in Boston, we’ll be among the first to hear their newest recordings and then we’ll have a chance to air them for the first time in this program.” (WFMT)