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Hīkoi

Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) for the APO Summer School Finale Concert 2019. Written for full orchestra. Premiered by the APO at the Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland CBD, NZ.

Performers: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: David Kay

Audio Recording: Thomas Hamill

Date of recording: 18/01/2019

Programme notes:
Through trouble and hardships, life seems to continue as if unaffected by surging spikes. Hīkoi (journey) looks to create its own journey in time, going through several phases of societial change.

E Ka Tanuku

Winner of the Llewelyn Jones Piano Composition Competition 2018. Written for two pianos and voice. Premiered at the School of Music, Music Theatre.

Pianists: Soomin Kim, Lulu Feng
Voice: Reuben Rameka

Audio Recording: David Mason
Date of recording: 01/06/2018

Programme notes:

E Ka Tanuku is dedicated to my great-great-grandfather Kepa Hamuera Anaha Ehau, who joined the Second Maori Contingent in 1915 to assist the Allies during World War I. He and his platoon travelled a lot, from Egypt to France, where Kepa and his group were attacked by shellfire from the Germans. Kepa was only wounded in his legs, but lost two of his friends right before his eyes. Years after the war his legs were amputated, due to complications. This piece is a retelling of his story in a musical form. The phrase E Ka Tanuku is from one of Kepa’s favourite pohuatau (speech opening), which he would say at a tangihanga (funeral).

Haeretanga o Mataatua

Workshopped by the ACE (Auckland Chamber Ensemble) Brass Trio NZ at the APO 'Our Voice' Ensemble 2018 at the School of Music, Auckland NZ. Written for brass trio. 

 

Performers:

Trumpet - Huw Dann

French Horn - Emma Richards 

Trombone - John Gluyas

Audio Recording: Thomas Hamil

Date of recording: 15/09/2018

Programme notes:

Haeretanga o Maatatua (meaning The Resting Place of Maatatua) refers to Takou Bay, my whenua. The story goes that Puhi-moana-ariki (an ancestor of the Ngāpuhi tribe) arrived at Takou with a husband, Kohakoha, wife, Tawhiura, and their children on board. The couple were quarrelling for some reason and in the heat of their argument, the sea whipped up and they were unable to enter the Takou river. Puhi commanded everyone to be tossed overboard and suddenly the storm abated. Puhi chanted and turned everyone to stone. At the entrance of the river lies the boulders Kohakoha, Tawhiurau and their children and they became the guardians of the entrance. Puhi feared the waka would be stolen so he took it further up the Takou awa and turned it into stone also.

Ngā Rangi Tūhaha

Workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) at the APO 'Our Voice' Orchestral Workshop 2018 at the Philharmonia Hall, Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland NZ. Written for full orchestra.

 

Performers: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: David Kay

Audio Recording: Thomas Hamill

Programme notes:

In Maori Mythology, 'Ngā Rangi Tuhaha' (the bespaced or seperated heavens) refers to the different realms of heaven (or Rangi) that lie above Papatūānuku (earth mother). Ngā Rangi Tuhaha is a 3 movement piece for orchestra, each describing the first three (out of 10) realms of heaven.The three heavens are, counting upwards from earth:  

 

1. Kiko-rangi - Ruled over by a sky god Toimau. Tāwhiri-mā-tea, the god of weather, resides here, so this heaven is also known as the home of the winds.  

 

2. Waka-maru - the heaven of sunshine and rain.  

 

3. Ngā-roto - the heaven of lakes. The spray splashing over is the rain andhail in our world. Ruled over by the god Maru.

 

The first three heavens are ruled over by Maru. He was a known everywhere, but his place has not clearly defined. In the South Island he is the god of war, and seemingly usurped the position from Tū-mata-uenga. In other places, he is known as the god of fresh water such as streams and rivers.

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