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This work was commissioned by the 2002 New Zealand International Festival of Arts as an "encore" for the three string quartets who had participated in a triple-bill concert. In a kind of energetic flurry, each quartet plays its own version of a simple 4-note motive. Three other motives also appear as "cultural tags": Singapore being pentatonic, New Zealand as somewhat self-effacing, and Mexico reminiscent of the South American protest song "The People United Shall Never be Defeated".
Commissioned by the NZ International Festival of the Arts for the NZ String Quartet, the T'ang Quartet and Quartetto Latinamericano for the 2002 Festival.
26 Feb 2002: Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet, the T'ang Quartet from Singapore and the Cuarteto Latinamericano from Mexico at the NZ International Festival of the Arts in Wellington Town Hall
27 Sep 2007: Performed by Vivian Stevens (first violin), Jessica Alloway (second violin), Charlotte Fetherston (viola), Chris Par (cello) at Dominion Post - 100th Birthday Concert at St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington