30 MONTHS AGO
Hello all, an enormous thank you again for your support - thanks to you, we performed to a huge audience in Berlin last week at the Piano Salon Christophori. The players were fabulous, and the audience loved the works we chose. It was quite moving to have conductors and musicians form the audience coming up to me afterwards saying that they'd never heard of a single NZ composer before, and couldn't believe that they had just discovered 5 in one night! The pieces worked really well together - a unique portrait of silence, near-silence, raucous noise, and the processes of hearing (or not hearing!)
I am especially grateful to the composers - Michael Norris, Samuel Holloway, Chris Gendall, Dylan Lardelli and Ross Harris - to the players for their hard work performing such challenging works, to fellow kiwis Andrew Crooks and Josh Whale who were so helpful in the month leading up to the concert, and I was really delighted to see so many original donors in the audience (and enjoying some of Berlin's finest beer afterwards!)
As for the next step, I enjoyed a cup of tea the next morning with a record producer who was in the audience and is interested to make a recording of the works, and also met with a Swedish festival director who is keen to collaborate on a project celebrating women composers from NZ, so I'll send you details of those exciting projects in due course!
Arohanui, and heartfelt thanks - from my point of view, this could not have been a more successful launch!