MICHAEL NORRIS: Violin Concerto - Sama

Wellington composer Michael Norris sonically evokes the Sufi ceremony of ‘Sama’ in his Violin Concerto of the same name in this Resound film from the Michael Fowler Centre. Norris is particularly interested in the Mevlevi Order’s version of the ceremony, which features dervish dancers spinning with impossible speed.

Orchestra Wellington’s Amalia Hall is dazzling as soloist and conductor Marc Taddei is the ringmaster of the ever-intensifying “vortical” forces.  

Buckle up for this premiere performance, committed to film by the NZ On Air-funded Resound project with audio recorded by RNZ Concert.