Nowdrifts in NZ
Richard Haynes did a superlative job giving Nowdrifts its NZ premiere, not to mention Michael Norris’ musically beguiling but performatively torturous De Corporis Fabrica, in back to back concerts on Sat 19 and Sun 20 May (meaning two concerts per evening).
This is the first time, hopefully not the last, I’ve heard a work of mine performed four times in 48 hours. Richard didn’t flag, despite playing with a heavy cold, and both his performance and the music itself was appreciatively received (listen to Phil Brownlee’s review on Upbeat). The Page Blackie gallery made for an intimate venue, and though I liked the contribution the traffic noise made to my piece, it wasn’t always well paired with the other works on the programme. Yet, the seamless morph from a high clarinet note to an impromptu soprano performance somewhere outside on Victoria St (downtown Wellington) was a delicious moment that Cage would no doubt have savoured…