May 31 NZ Music Month
Victoria Kelly - Toi Huarewa (The Suspended Way)
Victoria is perhaps most famous for her scores in films such as Black Sheep, Lovely Bones and the Hobbit, her string arrangements for artists such as Neil Finn, Shapeshifter and SJD and her music directorship of the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony. But she also possesses a prodigious talent in composing for classical soloists and ensembles. For this piece, Victoria consulted with Tim Worrall, and Horomona Horo, to develop a new myth that examines the case moth’s near-inaudible love song and, on another level, considers Te Arai (the veil that separates us from our ancestors). Taonga Pūoro and Piano Trio combine as a single voice, at different times deeply grounded, furious and breathtakingly delicate.
May 30 NZ Music Month
Marlon Williams - Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore (with Aldous Harding)
This track showcases two of the country’s brightest rising stars, Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding, both from Lyttleton and close colleagues over many years. For a while there, they were also romantically entwined. The break up a couple of years ago was motivation for some prolific songwriting for Marlon and the result was his second album Make Room For Love. The fact that he approached Aldous to collaborate on this song is testament to the strength and longevity of their professional relationship. The track is aching with tell-tale tenderness, and hollow melancholy.