Farewell Jack

12 May 2015 / News

We were deeply saddened to return from the Canberra Festival on Sunday to the news of the passing of our dear friend Jack Body. The news was all the more poignant as, only the day before, we had given the Australian premiere of his final composition, Cries from the Border, a work exploring human mortality and the fact that we all face a border which we do not want to cross, but inevitably must.

Jack has been an inspiring musical presence in our lives over more than a quarter of a century. He always had such boundless energy and enthusiasm, with many projects afoot at any time, generously trying to help NZ composers and spreading the word about some lesser-known ones from overseas. Jack built so many bridges between musicians of differing backgrounds and cultures and his efforts were always in the interests of ‘making things happen’ rather than looking for praise or accolades.

Jack’s free spirit and the twinkle in his eye is equally clear in much of his music, which includes the unexpected, the colourful and the human, and is full of interesting uncluttered textures, gorgeous sonic worlds, space and grace.

We will miss you greatly Jack but you have left a lasting legacy, through your vital contribution to NZ music, which will endure for many years to come.

Helene, Doug, Gillian and Rolf

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