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Opening: Natalia Mann, David Long, Richard Nunns - Utterance


Fri 2 Jun 2017, 5:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Audio Foundation, 4 Poynton Terrace, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Audio Foundation

Please join us on Friday 2 June for the opening of Utterance, an exhibition of moving image works by Natalia Mann and David Long which compliment their recent musical collaboration with taonga pūoro master, Richard Nunns.

The collaboration which informs these works allowed Nunns, Mann and Long to engage in a musical dialogue at a very high level, enabling extension into what Mann describes as 'the domain of unknowing'.

She described the experience as follows: “While the recording was a physical challenge for Richard, he more than made up for it with the essential artistry and conception that has resonated throughout all of his work: the courage to walk into unknowing… and to hang out there.

…Our music is inherently experimental in its approach. The process is both exploratory and revelatory. The aim is to put our consciousnesses together into a parallel dimension of sound and reception. Collectively, we make a sort of ‘brain satellite dish’ for information to pass through and form into ‘music’.

When we listen back and discuss the properties of the music, we also receive information about the world around us, our environment. We intuit images and words which appear spontaneously and seem to ‘fit, altering and increasing the dimension of the artwork.”

Natalia Mann is a contemporary musician, artist and filmmaker based in Wellington. In various projects, Mann has worked with sound artists David Long, Ros Bandt and Erdem Helvacioglu and ethnomusicologist Robert Reigle. Her works and performances with mentor Richard Nunns explore Māori soundworlds, enriching her perspective of this field of music and its relationship to culture and the earth.

While he is perhaps best to know for his extensive background scoring documentary and narrative films, or as a founding member of rock band The Mutton Birds, David Long has an extensive parallel history. Fundamental to this ‘second-history’ is Long's work as a composer for orchestras, as well as large and small experimental ensembles: in 2016, following his time as composer in residence at Victoria University, he premiered a piece for orchestra, electric guitar and robotics (working with Jim Murphy of the NZSM).

Additionally, David has also had a long association with contemporary dance, writing many pieces for New Zealand’s pre-eminent choreographer Douglas Wright.

Richard Nunns is one of New Zealand’s most respected performers and researchers of Māori music and instruments. He has performed and recorded widely both within New Zealand and internationally and with a wide range of musical genre from Moana and the Moahunters, through jazz to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Richard began his research and collaboration with Hirini Melbourne in the 1990s. Their recordings Te Ku Te Whe and Te Hekenga-a-rangi have become the seminal works of traditional Maori instrumental music.

(With refreshments from Liberty Breweries and a live performance by Natalia Mann & David Long.)
Hours – Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm -

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