Recording and Mixing Flowing Waters Production

The last two weeks have been spent recording and mixing the sound track for the Flowing Waters dramatic production to be performed at the Hamilton Arts Festival in Feb 2018. It was a joy to work with Janet Jennings the composer as we recorded Voices NZ under Karen Grylls at the Auckland University Music School; and to then mix these recordings with an astonishing orchestral rendering of Janet’s composition produced by Teresa Conners and James Maxwell. It has been a lot of fun and I am looking forward to hearing feedback about the live performances.

Here is the description of the show from the Arts Festival web site:

A theatrical event by Witi Ihimaera, Tom Roa and Janet Jennings.

A Hamilton première for a Waikato story. Singing, acting, kapa haka, film and dance come together in a ground-breaking and dazzling musical drama, written and produced specially for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2018. Flowing Water tells the epic story of the Waikato River and all the peoples nurtured by the river – Māori, Pakeha and later migrants in a landmark production supported by Tainui.  The Maori scenes have been devised by Tom Roa. Directed by John Drummond, the thrilling première features a large cast of leading performers with strong local links. Acclaimed writer Witi Ihimaera wraps his magic around the story of the Waikato River and brings it to life for family and friends to enjoy. “The story of the Waikato River,” he says, “is the story of New Zealand. We are proud to put the Waikato at the forefront of our country’s history.”

Moving studio to Great Barrier

Just moved the first load of studio gear from my storage unit to our new home on the barrier. At our new place we’ve got a neat studio space above the workshop with a great view of the bay. First job is to move the existing furniture and reassemble my workstation and rack. It’ll be good to have my Sequoia-based editing and mastering system up and running again. Power could be an issue but the quality of the Outback inverter is pretty good I think. That said I’ll probably get a UPS as well for when the  generator is running.

Nominations for Classical Album of the year

Great to see that all three nominations for Classical Album of the year have been releases engineered by me and Produced by Wayne.

Nominations are:

Voices of the Soul – Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Jack Body Poems of Love and War – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Alice by Gillian Whitehead – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on the 20th November. Should be fun!

Recording Faust Quartet

Recorded a lovely concert from the Faust Quartet with Simone Roggen (1st), Annina Wöhrle (2nd), Ada Meinich (Viola), Birgit Boehme (Cello). The concert was held at St George’s Presbyterian Church in Takapuna. The programme consisted of Janacek’s Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”, Dvorak’s “Love Songs for String Quartet” and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor featuring Dimitri Askenazy.

Recording Graduate Choir for All Blacks Test

Great fun recording the Graduate Choir with Terence Maskell at Holy Trinity Cathedral – singing great British songs for the All Blacks Test match at Eden Park on the 7th June. Tracks included Jerusalem, I Vow to Thee my Country, Pokarekare Ana, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia.

All songs except Pokarekare were accompanied by Philip Smith (Cathedral Organist) on the Holy Trinity Harrison Organ. This is the last recording of the Harrison since it will be replaced as part of the upcoming Cathedral renovations. So an historical moment in one sense.

Recording CSO live and in session for CD

A fun gig recording the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in the Wigram Airforce Museum. Basically a big aircraft hanger with three planes removed to make way for a stage and audience seating. The purpose of the gig was to record Anthony Ritchie’s 4th Symphony – based on the 14th stations of the cross. Fantastic piece – very emotional – especially with Jenny Wollerman’s lovely soprano voice. We recorded the rehearsal on Saturday morning (22nd Feb) and the concert on Saturday night. Then had a 3 hour recording session on the Sunday. The recording will be released on Atoll in the near future.