'Long Shadows' is a musical snapshot of NZSM Composer-in-Residence Juliet Palmer's work, including pivotal repertoire from her mentors.
Palmer's lyrical 'Starving Poetry' is dedicated to Chinese poet Gu Cheng, while the clarinet trio 'Rush' pares down funk to its angular core. Maverick New York vocalist Meredith Monk's 'Facing North' finds inspiration in the austere beauty of the Arctic and the intimacy of Inuit throat-singing. New Zealand avant-garde pioneer Annea Lockwood is represented by the contemplative 'Spirit Catchers', a rarely-heard vocal quartet from 1974. Recasting the mediaeval motet for the 21st century, Canadian composer James Rolfe offers the gritty insistence of 'Violin Motel'.
The concert will be presented by the SMP Ensemble with the support of Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music.
New Zealand-born, Canadian resident Juliet Palmer is just completing her year-long stay at the Lilburn Residence in Wellington as the 2011/2012 Jack C Richards / Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music.
Wellington-based SMP Ensemble mainly comprises recent graduates of Te Koki The New Zealand School of Music, with occasional use of current students, staff, and other guest artists. It was founded in October 2008 by Andrzej Nowicki and since May 2011, has been co-directed by five of its core members: Anton Killin, Karlo Margetic, Carol Shortis, Charley Davenport and Justus Rozemond.