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The New Zealand String Quartet in Featherston

Sunday, 31 August 2014 (the last day of winter), the NZSQ came to Featherston. Ross & I hosted one of the Quartet’s intense and fabulous “Salon Series” performances in our old Army hall on  Fitzherbert Street. The Salon Series has … Continue reading

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Cambodia Days 5 & 6 – Siem Reap

Arise at 6am with plans to use the open air public gym equipment on the banks of Tonle Sap only to see that they’re already in full use.  Good on you, Phnom Penhers!  Instead pack up suitcase and recording gear … Continue reading

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Cambodia – Day 4, concert day of O Cambodia

  Here’s a rehearsal video (you might need QuickTime) … Part One: IMG_1770 Part Two: IMG_1770-2 Still on my To do list: record quiet ambience at Meta House (easier said than done, because the room’s hardly ever empty); record Keo … Continue reading

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Cambodia day 3 – Saturday

Hurrah!  There’s a whole page article in The Cambodia Daily about the O Cambodia project, written by Michelle Vachon.  It’s highly unusual for the paper to give space to the arts, so happiness abounds! Gillian, Justine, Sarah and I get … Continue reading

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Link to the Forbidden City concert

The recordings I made in Beijing were compiled into 5 hours of audio that went to air in February 2014. You can listen to it at this link: http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/soundlounge/20140204   Click on 04 Feb to find sound files of 5 … Continue reading

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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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