Two Free Hands Single and Extended Player, one - off show in Kumeu, and Two Free Hands on the APRA Silver Scroll longlist.
Two Free Hands, and one-off show in Kumeu
It's my great pleasure to introduce Two Free Hands - a song and an Extended Player that has developed from two years of international touring and experiments with new technology.
The song has been longlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll, among a stellar line up of 20 songs. APRA members can now vote to choose their top five.
I've been touring Two Free Hands all this year, approaching 50 shows since November 2017, and I'm adding a special solo show for in Kumeu on August 11 at Kumeu Live.
A Synthesized Universe
Thank you to all who came A Synthesized Universe - my collaboration with the Digital Creative Team at Otago Museum to create a 360 degree, immersive show that uses the possibilities of a planetarium and its map of the known universe.
The show has finished for now, but we're looking into ways to repeat the spectacle at a later date, and in other places, as well as Otago. Keep an eye on the stars.
More on Two Free Hands, and this website
While the song, 'Two Free Hands,' is available on all good (and malignant) music services, the full EP is only available through this store, Bandcamp, and music stores in New Zealand through Southbound distribution.
The song was produced and recorded by Jonathan Pearce and myself, and features Anna Coddington on vocals, Stu Harwood on percussion and Octatrack, and Elizabeth Stokes on French Horn. Daniel Blackball Alexander has made the artwork.
The EP includes a remix and collaboration with Jet Jaguar - the moniker of Wellington electronic producer Michael Upton, and a reworking of a song from Successor which has changed shape in my live set. This is an EP in the orginal, 'Extended Player' sense - a collection of songs that expand on a single song, rather than the modern, mini-album sense. More info about all that here.
For those who haven't seen the set in the last year - the song, 'Two Free Hands,' and the recent RNZ live session below plant the flag in the ground for what the approach is.
Above - Two Free Hands in session on RNZ
The new music has partially developed out of touring overseas as a solo performer, and looking for ways to expand the sound with strange and wonderful technology.
In this new music, I've been trying hard to play with electronic elements the way I feel an instrumentalist should - in way that is fragile, different every time, and takes repetitive practice and concentration to keep together.
I've taken the opportunity of the release to launch this website. You can now buy tickets and merchandise directly from me, with no middle people. You can buy some things you'll find nowhere else - like the instrumental tracks to Successor.
I aim to make this website, and my mailing list my most important portals of communication. Joining the mailing list, or coming here means you don't need to use social media to know when i'm performing or releasing music. I respect your time, and have no wish to keep you here the way social media does - this is why I only send four emails to my list a year, and why I have no like or share buttons on my website.