The remaining finalists for the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards for NZ songwriting have been announced. Nominees for the Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and Best Original Music in a Feature Film and Series will join the finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll for the awards ceremony on September 29th.
The APRA Maioha Award celebrates waiata featuring te reo Māori. 2014 winner Rob Ruha is in the running again, with his song ‘Kariri’, which is about the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pā) and Te Ranga from the perspective of the families, hapū and iwi that stood against the crown and its Māori allied forces.
Auckland group Ihi are also nominated for a song called ‘Mana Whenua’, which has a message about protecting Papatuanuku (the earth mother) for future generations.
And rounding out the Maioha Award nominations is ‘Tamaiti Ngaro’ by Kirsten Te Rito, James Illingworth, Joseph Te Rito. Listen to Kirsten and James talking about the album that it comes from, Aiotanga, here.
The SOUNZ Contemporary Award nominees are past winners Kenneth Young for his 'Piano Trio', and Chris Cree Brown's 'Viola Concerto', alongside rising classical star Salina Fisher, who wrote her nominated piece ‘Rainphase’ when she was the NZSO National Youth Orchestra composer-in-residence last year. She says of the piece “Since coming to Wellington, it’s just fascinating watching the rain and hearing those sounds, seeing how it moves. There are beautiful shapes and drops making different sounds as they land on things or bounce off things. So I used that as a starting point for the piece.”
The Awards also celebrate music composed for the silver screen, this year Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award will go to one of:
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Samuel Scott, Lukasz Buda, Conrad Wedde):
Mahana (The Patriarch) (Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Tama Waipara):
The Art of Recovery (Tom McLeod):
The judges of Best Original Music in a Series Award will consider soundtracks from local programmes
The Brokenwood Mysteries (Tami Neilson, Jay Neilson):
Jiwi's Machines (Age Pryor):
APRA will also induct a songwriter/s into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at Vector Arena, Auckland on Thursday 29th September. Radio New Zealand will broadcast and live video stream the APRA Silver Scroll Awards ceremony on RNZ National, Freeview Ch 50 and online at www.rnz.co.nz/music.