1 May 2017

REUBEN JELLEYMAN: Solar Wind

From NZ Composer Sessions, 12:45 pm on 1 May 2017
Reuben Jelleyman

Reuben Jelleyman Photo: Supplied by SOUNZ

Reuben Jelleyman: Solar Wind

"The solar wind permeates space to create the region of which a solar system is defined. Emerging from the source of a star, this gust of particles involves huge entropy. Chaos and order are two formal features which create the boundaries of sound-worlds in the music. Much like the ionising solar-particles in the earth's atmosphere, so light emission and diffusion is important in the music. These light traces exist either in organised patterns or in random arrays. 

However the music exists much in its own dimensions and with its own structures. Harmony is a sequence of extrapolating pitch patterns, of which at times merges through the micro-chromatic divisions. The sections of the orchestra both separate and merge in the purpose of colouring the spectrum of emerging light. 

Much of this music has no correlation to anything else, and yet both music and 'anything else' share an intrinsic fundamental: the language of concept and structure. An abstract existing in more than one 'world' is, in my opinion, a fascinating realisation.”

Reuben Jelleyman (b. 1993), is a composer based in Wellington (NZ). The composer has had music played by ensembles including Avanti! (Finland), NZSO, and NZTrio. He was a 2015 finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the work Expanse, and is currently joint Composer-in-Residence with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra (2017).

Notable work includes the multimedia installation Dirac for festival Lux (Wellington 2017), the 2015-16 chamber opera The Garden of Forking Paths, the orchestral works’Hue Saturation and Brightness commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia (2016-17), Strobe which jointly received the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award 2015, and an award winning set of Soliloquies.

Jelleyman has been the young representative for CANZ at the Asian Composers League festivals in Vietnam (2016) and Singapore (2013). He studied music (composition and performance) at the NZSM and physics at the University of Victoria Wellington (2012 – 2016).