13 Oct 2018

Sound Lounge: Flo Wilson reimagines Norris's Sygyt; Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians; Contemporary Haitian composers

From Sound Lounge, 9:30 pm on 13 October 2018


MICHAEL NORRIS: Sygyt (Flo Wilson reinterpretation)
Flo Wilson (voice, electronics)

As is tradition, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award-winning work was covered and performed by another artist at the Silver Scrolls ceremony. This year Michael Norris's Sygyt took the prize and was re-imagined by Flo Wilson as a sound and video installation.

Flo is a composer, performer and artist based in Auckland whose interests span computer music, embodied performance, spatial design and immersive installations. In particular she’s curious about the relationships between people and technology; how technology can extend, reduce and manipulate our modes of being.

This is her reinterpretation of Michael Norris’s Sygyt, recorded by RNZ at the Silver Scrolls in Auckland.

STEVE REICH: Music for 18 Musicians
Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman (dir)
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907 608

This 60 minute work, premiered in 1976 and became one of the most significant and ground-breaking compositions of the late 20th century. Hear Steve Reich talking about the creation of this seminal work:

LOU HARRISON: La Koro Sutro (excerpt)
Karen Gottlieb (harp), Agnes Sauerbeck (org), Chorus & Chamber Chorus of UC Berkeley, American Gamelan
New Albion NA 015

11:05 Relevant Tones: Haitian Composers

Cellist, music educator, and concert organizer Tom Clowes stops by to talk about the music of Haitian composers. Tom is the founder of Crossing Borders Music, a non-profit music performance organization that has become the leading interpreter of chamber music from Haiti and Uganda. Some of the composers highlighted are Sabrina Claire Detty Jean Louis, Werner Jaegerhuber, and Michel Mauléart Monton. These composers use their Haitian heritage in creating music that is unique to their culture and Tom Clowes curates a selection that presents a well-rounded perspective. (WFMT)