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Jazz in the Cracks
Part 2

This is Part 2, read Part 1 here.New residencies and concert series sprang up all throughout Aotearoa during the pandemic. Saxophonist Jimmy Rainey, who was ...
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Jazz in the Cracks
Part 1

The enormous impact of COVID-19 on music in Aotearoa is obvious. Concerts often can’t go ahead, and audiences often don’t want to go out. During lockdowns, m...
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Thomas Botting
On His Latest Work

I’m Tom Botting, I’m a double bassist and composer working primarily in the jazz genre. I grew up in Hamilton before moving to Auckland to study jazz at Mass...
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Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith
on their new album 'Sanctuary'

SOUNZ talked with Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith on their new album 'Sanctuary.' The new Jazz album will be released on Saturday 12th June at the ...
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Finding agency in the [classical] arts - Arjuna Oakes
The second instalment of a three part series by Leah Thomas

Far from home: Catching up with Arjuna Oakes Arjuna Oakes is a New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter, pianist, composer and producer. Arjuna is a ...
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Meet Rodger Fox

Rodger Fox is one of New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonists, big band leaders, a jazz educator, an arranger and a producer. In our Composer Spaces series, w...
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Bruce Brown
on 'Death of Expertise'

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Finding agency in the [classical] arts - Jimmy Rainey & JY Lee
The third instalment of a three part series by Leah Thomas

Creating for the Community: Chatting to JY and Jimmy In April 2021, I inherited the Pōneke Classical Sessions project which brought classical music to a bar ...
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Meet composer
Mark Baynes

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.I am a composer and performer based in Auckland. I am drawn to performances using analogue keyboard instrumenta...
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Meet composer
Dale Vail

Please tell us about yourself and what you do. I am a Trombonist and Composer. I am currently working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the Trombone Fell...
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Ones to watch
featuring Nathan Carter

In this series ‘Ones to watch,’ we catch up with an up and coming composers to talk about their latest work, what drives them and to find a bit more about th...
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Meet Composer Joshua Taylor

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Joshua Taylor.
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Meet composer
Dave Flynn

Please tell us about yourself and what you do. I'm a composer, guitarist and orchestra director, originally from Ireland, now resident in NZ.I work across a ...
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Meet composer Mary Celeste

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Mary Celeste.Please tell us about yourself and what you do.I started learning piano a...
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Meet Tararua
Art Music Quartet

Tararua is an art music quartet based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Members are Al Fraser (taonga puoro), Ariana Tikao (taonga puoro & vocals), Ru...
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Meet Composer
Andrew Portman

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Andrew Portman.Please tell us about yourself and what you do.I’m a born and bred Auck...
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Meet composer
Grant Hughson

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.My professional focus has always been split between music and computers. I was classically trained on piano and...
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Claire Cowan discusses 'Hansel & Gretel'

SOUNZ recently caught up with composer Claire Cowan to talk about 'Hansel & Gretel', a new evening-length ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, choreo...
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Meet composer
Ruby Solly

 Please tell us about yourself and what you do.Kia ora! I'm Ruby Solly, or you might have seen my name as Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly which is my full name. Som...
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Ones to watch
featuring Zak Argabrite

In this series ‘Ones to watch,’ we catch up with an up and coming composers to talk about their latest work, what drives them and to find a bit more about th...
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Meet composer
Camryn Nel

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Camryn Nel.
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Glen Downie on Cepheid III

Glen Downie's new percussion work Cepheid III, for vibraphone, glockenspiel and crotales, will be premiered on August 14 2023 in Christchurch by UC's Associa...
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Meet composer
Bill Rootes

Please tell us about yourself and what you do.I originally started out my musical career in the rock band/songwriter world as a guitar player & writer wh...
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Meet composer
Nicholas Denton Protsack

In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Nicholas Denton Protsack.Please tell us about yourself and what you do.I work primari...
Meet composer Nicholas Denton Protsack
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Glen Downie discusses 'light speckled droplet'

SOUNZ recently caught up with Glen Downie, the 2019 NZSO NYO Composer in Residence, to talk about his new piece 'light speckled droplet'. The work features t...
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Plan 9
SOUNZ Contemporary Award Finalists 2021

Plan 9 are finalists for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha 2021 with their album The Bewilderness.Tell us about The Bewilderness. How and why did ...
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Alex Taylor
On What Grounds

Alex Taylor's On What Grounds for violin, cello and theorbo will be premiered on 15 April in Whangārei as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Les Voisins tou...
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Celeste Oram's 'a loose affiliation of alleluias'
SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2020 finalist

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