Monthly Archives: December 2013

Concert Day

Tuesday – Concert Day dawns, there’s last minute music talk over breakfast. We’re wondering how rehearsals will run today. There’s a plan for two runs-through in the venue before the concert at 19:30. I help Jack send some emails using … Continue reading

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Last day in the studio

Another bright, crisp, smog-free morning. So many great conversations go on between Jack, Dylan and the members of the Quartet that I arrive early for breakfast (unheard-of) and set up the recording gear. The young women on the door of … Continue reading

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Breakfast, poring over the cover photos on a CD recommended to Jack Body by Xiao Ma (the pop star look alike). Xiao tells us that Li Yugang also has a voice that sweeps through his extensive range with no perceivable … Continue reading

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Jack Body’s been staying in Beijing for the last few weeks, coordinating the composers, musicians, rehearsals and recordings of this complex project. ¬†As we go into his hotel room it feels lived in, stuffed with treasures that he’s accumulated – … Continue reading

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Getting there

Flight to Auckland, all good. Flight from Auckland to Guangzhou, delayed by four hours. I know this means I’ll miss the connecting flight to Beijing. The official at Auckland reassures me that we’ll be met and our onward travel will … Continue reading

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The night before China

I’m off to Beijing to record some programmes for the New Zealand festival. In particular, the collaboration between New Zealand and Chinese musicians and composers. Check it out at: http://festival.co.nz/tales-from-the-forbidden-city On the eve of leaving town for a great adventure, … Continue reading

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