Described as a ‘national treasure’, the NZTrio have recently appointed two very accomplished new players to complete their line-up, following an international search: violinist Amalia Hall and pianist Somi Kim. This is an exciting opportunity to hear this highly-valued ensemble re-emerge in a new incarnation.
“The measure of quality of each of these outstanding musicians was the astonishing ensemble sound, as if the three players had been performing for many seasons together… And this programme gave opportunity for both ensemble playing and virtuosic skill aplenty.” Radio 13, 2018
InterFusions begins with Beethoven’s powerful and foreboding C minor trio, an impressive affidavit to his masterful talents. Then we teleport far from Europe into works that are steeped in the diverse cultural backgrounds of their composers. Works by Greek-Canadian Christos Hatzis and Sri Lankan-Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne embrace a brand new work by New Zealander Salina Fisher. Her piece draws inspiration from the Japanese art of “Kintsugi”, where broken ceramic pieces are carefully reassembled, enhancing their inherent strength and beauty. We finish with Ravel’s famous Trio, bearing witness to the clear infusion of his French, Spanish, Basque and Roman Catholic influences.
Piano Trio in C minor, op 1, no 3
Piano Trio in A minor
*NZTrio commission and world premiere
Amalia Hall Violin Ashley Brown Cello Somi Kim Piano
This concert is presented in association with Wellington Chamber Music Trust, Rotorua Music Federation, Waikanae Music Society Inc., Christopher’s Classics, Chamber Music Hutt Valley, Whangarei Music Society and Warkworth Music.
Lucien Johnson is an award winning musician who has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle” (Wellington Jazz Festival), as “a miraculous musician” (Radio NZ) and as “a composer and arranger of supreme skill” (Dominion Post). He is joined in this quartet by some of New Zealand’s finest musicians: celebrated pianist Jonathan Crayford; and Tom Callwood, eminent double bassist for groups such as The Phoenix Foundation and Little Bushman; and rising star Cory Champion on the drums.
Lucien’s compositions reflective of some of the places that he has lived in and travelled to: France, Haiti, Ethiopia and of course, some reflections on our own wonderful country and musical heritage. Included in the set are two traditional waiata which Lucien will reinterpret. As a recent recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency he will be returning from New York for the tour and looks forward to seeing how this experience will influence the music.
A set of original compositions from Lucien’s 2017 album ‘West of the Sun’ and new material from his upcoming album ‘Kairangi’, complemented by interpretations of traditional waiata
Lucien Johnson Tenor Saxophone Jonathan Crayford Piano Tom Callwood Double Bass Cory Champion Drums
This concert is presented in association with Aroha Music Society, Chamber Music Wanganui, Cromwell & Districts Community Arts Council, Expressions Whirinaki, Motueka Music Group, Musica Viva Gisborne, Oamaru Opera House, Warkworth Music, Whangarei Music Society.
Due to the recent move to Level 3 in the Auckland region, the following three concerts have been postponed. New dates will be announced soon.
Warkworth Town Hall
Old Library Building Arts Centre
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A concert that combines some of the most loved and celebrated works in the repertoire with lesser-known compositions.