celebrating thirty years...
AUGUST 1-29, 2010
Birmingham, Alabama & around the U.S.A.
Honor of Bill Dixon by Eric Zinman
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS IN SOCIETY
University of Sydney, Australia
Annea Lockwood and Thomas
to tour New Zealand
New Zealand composer
Annea Lockwood and new music baritone Thomas
Buckner are to visit New Zealand this May
with concerts at Auckland University's
School of Music (May 7, 8pm) and
Adam Art Gallery
(May 9, 8pm), part of the gallery's
Sound Check series of events.
The pair, whose musical partnership dates
back to 1987, will be joined by New Zealand
cellist Janet Holborow in presenting three
electroacoustic pieces that engage with
spirituality, injustice and cultural memory.
None of the works have previously been
performed in New Zealand.
The most recent piece, In Our Name
(2009), focuses around poems written by
three prisoners, Jumah Al Dossari, Emad
Abdullah Hassan and Osama Abu Kabir, while
they were incacerated in Guantanamo Bay. Al
Dossari and Abu Kabir were released in 2007
but the fate of Hassan is unaccounted for.
Thirst (2007) counterpoints tension
and serenity, swinging between New York's
Grand Central Station at the 'high tide' of
rush hour, and Lebanese sculptor Simone
Fattal's memories of her family home's
courtyard in Damascus - a place of sensory
richness and peace. A Serbian song sung by
Kristin Norderval, Jutros mi je ruza
procvetala, threads through the piece.
Duende (1998) draws upon the
remarkable and expressive array of sounds
which Thomas Buckner has evolved over years
of improvising, a form of personal
vocabulary from which Lockwood has selected
particular sounds reminding her of vocal
transformations heard in recordings of
Annea Lockwood was born in Christchurch in
1939 where she received early training as a
composer, completing a B.Mus with honors at
Canterbury University. In 1961 she moved to
London where she studied composition at the
Royal College of Music, while attending
summer courses at Darmstadt. Lockwood
completed her studies in Cologne and
Holland, taking courses in electronic music
with Gottfried Michael Koenig. In 1973,
feeling a strong connection to such American
composers as Pauline Oliveros, John Cage,
the Sonic Arts Union (Ashley, Behrman, Mumma,
Lucier) and invited by composer Ruth
Anderson to teach at Hunter College, CUNY,
she moved again to the US and settled in
Compound, New York. She is an Emerita
Professor of Vassar College.
Baritone Thomas Buckner has for more than
forty years dedicated himself to the world
of new and improvised music. Buckner has
collaborated with a host of new music
composers including Robert Ashley, Noah
Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard,
Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam,
Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Alvin
Lucier, Morton Subotnick, Phill Niblock,
Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian
Wolff and many others. He has made
appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center, the Herbst Theatre, the Art
Institute of Chicago, the Ostrava Days
Festival, the Prague Spring Festival and the
Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Annea Lockwood and Thomas Buckner will be
guests at the Composers' Workshop at
Auckland University at 3:45pm on May
7. Lockwood will also present a workshop for
students of composition at Wellington's
School of Music on May 10 from 2:00-3:30pm.
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