Past Event21 Mar 2022

Waves & Lines

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Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall


UPDATE 9 Feb 2022: On behalf of  AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, we regret to announce that due to New Zealand moving to RED under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, Waves & Lines at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall  has been CANCELLED.

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An evening of powerful, deeply-felt music inspired by Afghan poetry and evocations of love, grief, home, and war. 

From Hamilton-born, New York-based composer Gemma Peacocke, Waves & Lines is a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry. Collected in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan, these poems offer a surprising and vivid – and often humorous – glimpse into the lives of women existing under the watch of an ultra-conservative regime. 

Exploring the distance, anonymity, and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features the use of fixed electronics and projections and showcases the musical prowess of vocalist Natasha Te Rupe Wilson (Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) and a stellar ensemble of New Zealand’s finest musicians. 

'For [this] remarkable composition, Peacocke has taken eight landays... short, intimate verses brim[ming] with yearning, love, rage, resignation, and irony'  New Zealand Listener 

Pre-show talk at 6:00pm.


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