Guest curator: STROMA

Over the last 20 years, Stroma has been a major force for musical exploration in New Zealand, bringing to life classic repertoire of the twentieth century alongside new works composed specially for us. This virtual concert is a sampler of some of the highlights of our performances over the years, lovingly recorded for posterity by RNZ Concert and SOUNZ.

The concert begins where it all started, with the music of Douglas Lilburn, specifically one of his Nine Short Pieces, played by pianist Emma Sayers. It receives an eloquent, evocative response for the ensemble composed by Salina Fisher. This is followed by an ‘opening up’ of space and time, in Jeroen Speak’s intricate and compelling work ‘Eratosthene’s Sieve’.

John Rimmer’s ‘Where Sea Meets Sky 2’, inspired by a view of the merging horizon observed during a trans-Tasman flight, is followed by Gillian Whitehead’s evocative ‘Hineraukatauri’, with Bridget Douglas (flutes) joined by Alistair Fraser (tango puoro).

The concert finishes on a high note with Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s crossover work for Stroma and jazz octet The Jac.


Douglas Lilburn: #6 from Nine Short Pieces & a response by Salina FisherDream 6
Performed by Emma Sayers (piano) and Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich

Jeroen SpeakEratosthene’s Sieve
Performed by Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich

Gillian WhiteheadHineraukatauri
Performed by Bridget Douglas (flutes) and Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro)

John RimmerWhere Sea Meets Sky 2
Performed by Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich

Jasmine Lovell-SmithCerulean Haze
Performed by Stroma and The JAC, conducted by Hamish McKeich

Approximate running time | Te roa: 60 minutes