See some of the representative highlights of research activity by the staff at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. Follow the link to the staff member's biography to find out more about their research outputs in recent years.
Phil Broadhurst is a pianist, composer/arranger, and musical director. Part of Phil's research has been focused on intensive study of works by major jazz artists. One stage of this research process poses creative investigation of these iconic composers through performance and arranging. In the next stage, my creative engagement extends into my own original compositions, which are informed by critical understanding and analysis of these musicians’ work. The detailed examination of the music of Michel Petrucciani led to the development of a composition and performance project, culminating in the CD recording Delayed Reaction.
Phil has explored the potential of jazz/classical crossover with quintet interpretations of music by Faure and Borodin, and an original work for jazz quartet and chamber ensemble Byway.
Delayed reaction (Rattle Independent Artists, 2011).
Arrangements of five compositions by French pianist Michel Petrucciani. This is one of the first albums dedicated to Petrucciani outside France and was CD of the Month on UK Jazz Radio (Oct. 2011) (PE10). A leading U.S. jazz critic has applauded the "new directions" derived from this "most meaningful form of [artistic] tribute"; it was also Finalist in the Jazz Album of the Year Tui Awards 2011.
Byways (Music Theatre, NZSM, Mt Cook)
“Byways” (Recording and Composition) – Phil is the sole author of this "third stream" work (combining elements of both jazz and classical styles) for jazz quartet and chamber ensemble commissioned by NZSM as part of Colin Hemmingsen’s album project “Sketches”.
Host of The Art of Jazz – on Radio NZ Concert
A one-hour weekly jazz radio programme on Radio New Zealand Concert.
Assoc Prof Paul Dyne
Paul Dyne's research focus is jazz live performance and recording.
These include playing bass on the US-NZ Jazz Connection Tour with Bruce Forman (guitar), Clay Jenkins (trumpet) and Harvey Wainapel (saxophones) - concerts around NZ (2010); Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford Concert Tour - concerts around NZ (2008) and Mike Nock: 50 Years in Music, Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington, 2010, Broadcast Radio NZ Concert.
Paul Dyne (bass) with Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), produced by Dave Lisik. Rattle Records RAT-D036 (2011).
Storm in a Teacup
Paul Dyne (bass) with Alistair Campbell (guitar) and John Rae (drums). Rattle Records RAT-J-1009 (2011).
Dr Rodger Fox
Dr Rodger Fox has an extensive portfolio of recordings (including New Zealand Music Award winners), performances and tours with international artists with high international profiles. Recent highlights include:
USA tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra and the recording of CD at the famed Capitol Studios - Release forthcoming (2012).
Steve Smith NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012).
Manawatu Jazz Festival with Bob Mintzer and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012).
Kurt Elling NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012).
Patti Austin NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012).
NZ Brass Festival with Rex Richardson and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra.
Artistic Director of Manawatu Jazz Festival from 2000 onwards and Artistic Director of Queen’s Birthday Jazz Festival Wellington 2006 onwards.
Dr David Lisik
Dr David Lisik’s creative output of original music composition includes works and recordings for contemporary-classical and electroacoustic ensembles, jazz orchestra and small jazz groups, and often involves semi-programmatic work inspired by literature, scientific theory and historical events, integrating traditional composition with both classical and jazz improvisers and electronic elements. He has assembled several performance and recording ensembles for his work, comprised of internationally-recognized performers, primarily from the New York City jazz and New Zealand orchestral communities, including the Wellington-based Didactic Glass New Music Ensemble and the Pawn Farm Jazz Quartet.
Coming Through Slaughter – The Bolden Legend, Origin of Species, and Metropolis,
This trilogy of original jazz orchestra recordings features some of the top recording artists in jazz: Alex Sipiagin, Tim Hagans, Dick Oatts, Donny McCaslin, Bob Sheppard, Luis Bonilla, John Fedchock, Tanya Darby, Joey Tartell, Corey Christiansen, and Matt Wilson.
Donated By Cantor Fitzgerald – a threnody
A 60-minute electroacoustic composition, which received its broadcast premiere on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during a commemorative show hosted by classical music broadcaster Marvin Rosen. All compositions were written specifically to commemorate 9/11 and the composers selected included prominent artists including John Adams, Margaret Brouwer, Charles Camilleri, Gloria Coates, Stefania De Kenessy, David Del Tredici, Nickitas Demos, Bechara El-Khoury, Adolphus Hailstork, Stephen Hartke, and Joan Tower.
Walkabout – A Place for Visions
In 2011, Australia’s premiere jazz orchestra, the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra commissioned, premiered and recorded Dave’s eight-movement suite, Walkabout – A Place for Visions. Inspired by the novel, The Children by James Vance Marshall and the subsequent film, Walkabout by Nicolas Roeg, the suite features international guest artsists Alex Sipiagin and Bob Sheppard as principal soloists.
Assoc Prof Norman Meehan
Associate Professor Norman Meehan’s research foci include New Zealand music in the jazz and pop idioms, and the composition and interpretive performance of music informed by poetic text.
These Rough Notes
With Bill Manhire, Anne Noble, Hannah Griffin, Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2012.
Drawing its title from one of the last pages of Scott’s journal, These Rough Notes is a collaboration between writer Bill Manhire, photographer Anne Noble, composer Norman Meehan and singer Hannah Griffin. ‘Beneath the Ice’ remembers the tragedies of Scott’s polar expedition of 1912 and the crash of NZ901 into Mt Erebus in 1979. The ‘Notebook Songs’ capture the experiences of scientists and other contemporary visitors to the ice. This volume was listed as a ‘Top 100’ book by NZ Listener in 2012.
Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock
Wellington, Victoria Unversity Press, 2010
The first critical biography of New Zealand’s most famous jazz musician, this book explores Nock’s early life in New Zealand, his rise to international prominence and his musical idiom and legacy. This book was listed as a ‘Top 100’ book by NZ Listener in 2010.
“Sounds Like Home: TrinityRoots and Jazz-Dub-Reggae in Wellington”
In Tony Mitchell, Glenda Keam (eds), Home, Land and Sea: Musical Landscapes in Aotearoa / New Zealand, Auckland, Pearson, 2011, pp. 134-144
This chapter explores the emergence of a distinctive local music scene in Wellington Aotearoa, and considers social and environmental factors that give rise to the unique musical expression found in this locale.
Robert Hoskins, Alan Thomas, Dugal McKinnon, Norman Meehan, Just Like Us, Wellington, Steele Roberts Publishing, 2011.
Norman Meehan, "Wayne Shorter’s saxophone solo on‘El Gaucho’", Downbeat (October 2009), pp 188-189.
Norman Meehan, "Mike Nock’s piano solo on ‘In out and around’", Downbeat (September 2009), pp 46-47.
Norman Meehan, "Paul Desmond’s Melodic solo on ‘Desmond Blue’" Downbeat (May 2009), pp 62-63.
Norman Meehan, "Paul Bley’s High-variety Piano Solo on ‘Long Ago and Far Away’" Downbeat(March 2009), pp 62-63.
Norman Meehan, "Keith Jarrett’s personal piano solo on ‘Golden Earrings’" Downbeat (September 2008), pp 60-61.
Norman Meehan, "Herbie Hancock’s chordless piano solo on ‘When I Fall In love’" Downbeat (June 2008), pp 124-125.
Lance PhilipLance Philip's research focuses on drums and percussion in both live performance and recording contexts.