MU­SI­CAL JOUR­NEY

Wanganui Midweek - - FRONT PAGE -

In­grid Cul­li­ford dis­cusses and demon­strates the use of new and ex­tended tech­niques for flute in a lec­ture/recital.

It is on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, 7pm at Prince Ed­ward Au­di­to­rium, Wan­ganui Col­le­giate School.

How can a flute mimic the sounds of a hump-back whale?

Or copy the in­flec­tions of Ja­panese shakuhachi or the koauau? How does a com­poser cre­ate the at­mo­spheric first stir­rings of spring­time, with shim­mer­ing and fleet­ing wisps of sound?

In­grid Cul­li­ford will take you on a jour­ney of just over an hour, through the early de­vel­op­ment of ex­tended tech­niques for flute and their use in the mu­sic of re­cent years.

She will dis­cuss and demon­strate tech­niques such as note colour­ing by use of al­ter­na­tive fin­ger­ings, mul­ti­phon­ics (play­ing more than one note at a time), and singing while play­ing, with ex­am­ples from the con­tem­po­rary flute reper­toire. In ad­di­tion, you will hear mu­sic for flute with com­puter gen­er­ated back­ing by Ross Har­ris, New Zealand’s Arts Lau­re­ate, and Steve Re­ich’s glo­ri­ous Ver­mont Coun­ter­point, where a solo flute (also pic­colo and alto flute) plays to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of 11 flutes on a back­ing track. Amer­i­can com­poser Re­ich is one of the most in­flu­en­tial com­posers of the min­i­mal­ist move­ment and his fa­mous Ver­mont Coun­ter­point is a most colour­ful and en­er­getic mo­saic of mu­si­cal frag­ments, wo­ven into a whole.

While liv­ing and work­ing in Lon­don for sev­eral years, In­grid made a name for her­self as an ex­po­nent of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, both as a mem­ber of the C20th mu­sic group, Lon­tano, and the Lon­don Sin­foni­etta. She has given mul­ti­ple pre­miers of pieces es­pe­cially com­posed for her and for Lon­tano, recorded fre­quently for BBC Ra­dio 3 and toured ex­ten­sively through­out Europe and the Amer­i­cas. On her re­turn to New Zealand she con­tin­ued her work in con­tem­po­rary mu­sic as a mem­ber of the Auck­land based 175East with whom she recorded for Con­cert FM, again giv­ing many premieres of New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional com­posers. Some of the mu­sic she will in­tro­duce in was writ­ten for her (John Elm­sly, Su­san Fryk­berg) or pre­miered by her (Ben Hoadley).

Pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Whanganui Ex­ploratory Mu­sic School week­end of work­shops, part of the Open Artist Stu­dios week­end, March 23-25.

Door sales only (no eftpos) — adults $20, se­niors $15, stu­dents $5

In­grid Cul­li­ford

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