Sound Lounge for Friday 23 June 2017
Celebrating Matariki this coming weekend with a historic moment in NZ’s musical history – the final album of taonga pūoro master, Richard Nunns, recorded just weeks before he was forced to put aside the instruments to which he’s devoted his life.
Plus: the great percussion work by Iannis Xenakis, Pléïades. Look to the north-east horizon before dawn, just north of Orion’s belt, for the constellation of seven stars that is known variously as the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, or the constellation that heralds the Maori New Year here in Aotearoa – Matariki.
LONG/NUNNS/MANN: Selection from the album ‘Utterance’ (released June 2017)
David Long (banjo, theremin, bowed guitar, & assorted paraphernalia)
Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro), Natalia Mann (harp, prepared harp, zither, gongs, voice)
XENAKIS: Pléïades (extracts)
Les Percussions de Strasbourg cond. François Dhalmann
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 5185
10:00 Icelandic Elegance
JAKOBINA SIGURDARDOTTIR/JÓRUNN VIÐAR: Vokuro
Björk (vocals), Icelandic Choir, London Choir
HALLGRIMSSON: Herma Op 17
Torleif Thedéen (cello), Reykjavik CO/Bernharour Wilkinson
Smekkleysa SMK 38
AMIINA: Skakka, Fjarskanistan
The Workers Institute TW1
11:00 New Music Dreams
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