New Music Central 19.02.18: Hayden Chisholm & Norman Meehan (NZ)

Presenter: School of Music
  • Date: Monday, 19 February 2018 to Monday, 19 February 2018
  • Time: 07:00PM to 08:00PM
  • Location: Recital Room, City Location, Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street
  • Ticket: Free

Come along for our first New Music Central concert of 2018 to hear Hayden Chisholm and Norman Meehan presenting solos and duos for a range of instruments including the saxophone, piano, sruti box and throat singing.

Picture of Norman Meehan.

Norman Meehan is a New Zealand composer and performer. A well-established and active jazz pianist, Norman has performed original music at festivals and in concerts throughout the country and in Europe. His album Modigliani (Ode) was nominated for Best Album in the New Zealand Jazz Awards in 2008. Since 2008 Norman’s primary musical focus has been setting poetic text as song. This work has seen him complete six albums, the most recent being Small Holes in the Silence (Rattle Records, 2015) which includes settings of New Zealand poets including Bill Manhire, James K. Baxter and Hone Tuwhare, and Tell Me My Name, (VUP, 2017) with texts by Bill Manhire. For these projects Norman performs on piano with Wellington-based vocalist Hannah Griffin. Norman is the author of the books: Time Will Tell: Conversations with Paul Bley (Berkeley Hills Books, 2003); Serious Fun: The life and music of Mike Nock (VUP, 2010); and New Zealand Jazz Life (VUP, 2016). 

Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India. In 1995 he developed a new microtonal system he termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. In 2008 he was assistant director in the Salzburger Festspiele. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improvisor in Residence" in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" on the Moontower Foundation Edition and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs".

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