Featured New Items

This page highlights a few items recently added to our collection. We will keep this updated throughout the year. 




CD: 24 Tone Clocks | Jenny McLeod


Featuring Diedre Irons and Michael Houstoun, two of New Zealand's finest pianists, Jenny McLeod's 24 Tone Clocks is the definitive recording of an extraordinary series of compositions. A lifetime in the making, 24 Tone Clocks is a summation of Jenny's decades-long immersion into Peter Schat's 'tone clock' theory of chromatic harmony. 



CD: Back and Forth | John Key Trio  


John Key - piano
Mat Fieldes - bass
Jono Sawyer - drums
Mike Booth - trumpet/flugelhorn

The fourth album from Auckland based jazz composer John Key.




CD: Fjärran | NZ Music for Clarinet Quintet



The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet, made up of musicians from New Zealand and Sweden, presents a CD of new works for clarinet quintet by Anthony Ritchie and Ross Harris exploring the idea of distance. Recorded by Atoll during the quintet's Chamber Music New Zealand tour in 2014.







CD: Jonathan Crayford: East West Moon


Jonathan Crayford - piano
Ben Street - bass
Dan Weiss - drums

Teaming up once more with the same killer rhythm section on the critically acclaimed Dark Light (2014), Jonathan Crayford returns with another beautiful album. Recording again with engineer Mike Marciano at Systems Two Studio in New York, East West Moon takes the concentrated minimalism of the previous release a step further, this time with an even greater impressionistic spaciousness.






Toiapiapi - Hirini Melbourne | Book and CD

Toi Apiapi - he huinga o nga kura puoro o te Maori includes eighteen tracks which celebrate traditional Maori musical instruments (Taonga Puoru).

This recording was made possible through funding from the Society for Music Education, Te Waka Toi of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) and Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa.

This Book and CD is a 2016 reprint of the original 1991 publication.




Jack!: Celebrating Jack Body, Composer

Edited by Jennifer Shennan, Gillian Whitehead and Scilla Askew

Internationally renowned composer and ethnomusicologist Jack Body is 70 - celebrate his birthday and unswerving commitment to New Zealand music with this beautiful volume. Featuring more than 120 contributions, Jack! is an astounding collection of memories, photos, paintings, art and music from friends and colleagues such as Vincent Ward, Slamet A Sjukur, Geoff Chapple, Martin Lodge, Tan Dun, Charles Te AhukaramÅ« Royal, Gao Ping, Ian Wedde, Gareth Farr, Budi Putra, José Evangelista and Richard Nunns. 

Woven between the stories is a transcript of Jack’s comprehensive Radio NZ Concert Composer of the Week interview with Elizabeth Kerr.



Felicia Edgecombe: Shaky Places

A collection of 14 songs, with words by New Zealand poets, for mixed choir and instruments by Wellington composer, teacher and choral conductor Felicia Edgecombe. Shaky Places was premiered by Capital Choir to critical acclaim in November 2015 and the collection has now been published in one volume.

Poets include: Brian Turner, Robert Sullivan, Lauris Edmond, Riemke Ensing, Gregory O'Brien, Bub Bridger, Sam Hunt, Jenny Bornholdt, Marewa Glover, Bill Manhire, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Dinah Hawken and Rachel McAlpine.

As well as the collected volume, the individual songs are also available separately from SOUNZ via download.





VIDEO: Emma Sayers: Connections, dedications - set of short works


Emma Sayers' first solo recital in many years took place in June at Wellington's St Andrew's on The Terrace. Emma presented a programme of works paying tribute to recently departed giants of the New Zealand music scene.

Here is a set of short pieces by various composers:

- Jack Body: No.5 from Five Melodies
- Ross Harris: In Memory - Judith Clark
- David Farquhar: Sun and Shadow: Telephonic No.13 (721-230) for Eve Page, and in memory of Fred
- Douglas Lilburn: No.1 and No.2 from Nine Short Pieces
- David Farquhar: Homage to G.G. from Black, White and Coloured

Resound is funded by NZ On Air.


John Psathas and Jasmine Millet: No Man's Land

No Man's Land is a genre-defying "mega-project" composed by John Psathas and directed by Jasmine Millet. Through film and live performance, the work addresses aspects of World War I in a narrative that criss-crosses between the present-day homelands of the cultures that fought and the eerie settings of the historic European killing fields.

Psathas's message is one of hope, in which the horrors of the conflict are compared and contrasted with the ease with which musicians of previously adversarial cultures can come together and immediately transcend unfamiliarity and language barriers to bring to life a new score.

No Man's Land is co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and Victoria University of Wellington. Click here to see and interview with John Psathas about his work.

Audio recorded by RNZ Concert. Resound is funded by NZ On Air.




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