Noel Meek is an improvising musician and composer based in Ōtautahi, working with electronic, electroacoustic and found instruments. His work in recent years has taken a turn towards the non-human world and towards engaging with te ao Māori in an effort to explore what music truly rooted in the whenua of Aotearoa might sound like.
Meek studied ethnomusicology at the NZSM and contributes regularly to The Wire and other music publications. Through his record labels, End of the Alphabet Records and God in the Music, he has promoted underground music from Aotearoa and other unusual parts of the world through tapes, lathes and musicians’ publications. Meek is also a performance teacher and runs workshops in improvisation in music.
His music has been described as “improvisation with an evident state of mantra mind” by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and The Wire has said of his output: “The curse of contrived seriousness is often the Achilles heel of experimental music. Not in the hands of Noel Meek . . . the artist's vision isn't bleak or brutish [it’s] a playful, outright fun listen.”
Meek has played and recorded with the likes of Sun Araw, Lasse Marhaug, Richard Youngs, Mette Rasmussen, Patrick Shiroishi, Roger Turner, Neil Campbell, Alexander Tucker, Tetuzi Akiyama and Bruce Russell.
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“Improvisation with an evident state of mantra mind” — Thurston Moore
for mixed ensemble
for three voices, 10m
for found plastics, 12m
for mixed ensemble, 30m
for solo baritone voice
for mixed ensemble and Len Lye's Universe (1963-1976), 10m
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