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NZTrio celebrates Aotearoa with 2019 programme

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
NZTrio is thrilled to announce its 2019 programme, with the newly established permanent trio; Ashley Brown (cello), Amalia Hall (violin), and Somi Kim (piano). The 2019 series will explore the fundamental forces that shape our land, our population, and our society in the Tectonic series, a final performance of The Americas series, and Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Matariki celebrations.

The Tectonic series focuses on immigration and the colonisation of Aotearoa. Each concert charts a musical course from Captain Cook’s homeland, to the sounds of Aotearoa prior to his arrival on these shores. The programme examines the journey of the European genre of piano trio music as it has developed within Aotearoa’s unique culturally intertwined society and as it compares with the result of development in a British environment. NZTrio then turns its searchlight to Cold War Superpowers and the struggle for supremacy with towering masterpieces from the USA and Russia/USSR as they loom menacingly in an icy standoff.

Joining in Chamber Music New Zealand’s Matariki celebrations, NZTrio bring Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki, remembering the past and what has been, while also celebrating new horizons and possibilities with these free concerts. The trio will be joined by musician and composer Horomona Horo playing taonga pūoro for these performances. Illustrated by the combination of instrumentation, composers, performers, music and culture this programme invites discussion and contemplation of the first encounters between Māori and European, and the resulting effects on our culture, and the significance of Matariki in Aotearoa today. Each piece tells a distinct tale or legend that links with Matariki, and includes three newly commissioned pieces, from Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead (Ngāi Tahu), Martin Lodge and Jeremy Mayall, alongside works composed by Victoria Kelly, Richard Nunns and Gareth Farr.

NZTrio’s The Americas series will also make one last appearance at the Leigh Sawmill Café in June with an upbeat set of energetic works from the USA and South America, featuring guest performers Andrew Beer (violin) and Stephen De Pledge (piano) alongside NZTrio member Ashley Brown (cello).

DATES AND BOOKING DETAILS:

Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki – Three Four, The Rise of Matariki
Wellington – June 29 at Wellington Museum – Free
Wellington – June 30 at Expressions Whirinaki – Free
New Plymouth – July 19 at Puke Ariki – Free
Palmerston North – July 20 at Te Manawa Museum – Free
Napier – July 21 at MTG Hawkes Bay – Free

NZTrio: Tectonic Shift
Christchurch – July 11 at The Arts Centre – Tickets
Nelson – July 12 at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
Auckland – July 14/16 at Q Theatre Loft, as part of ATEED’s winter festival Elemental AKL – Tickets

NZTrio: Tectonic Impact
Auckland – October 13 at Auckland Art Gallery – Tickets
Blenheim – October 15 at ASB Theatre Marlborough

NZTrio: Tectonic Uprising
Auckland – December 15 at Auckland Art Gallery – Tickets

The Americas
Leigh – Sunday June 9 at Leigh Sawmill Café – Tickets

Tickets on sale at: www.nztrio.com/event-directory/
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