Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference

29 October 2015 / News

The Zhejiang Conservatory of Music will host the Body Music 2015 - Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference from 15th to 17th December 2015 in Hangzhou, China.  As well as celebrating Jack’s considerable contribution to music in both New Zealand and Asia, the conference will explore themes of transcription, cross-culturalism and post-nationalism and will be presented in collaboration with the Zhejiang Musicians Association, the New Zealand School of Music, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and the New Zealand Consulate General in Shanghai.

The New Zealand String Quartet has been invited to give a lecture on string techniques in Jack Body’s compositions and to perform in two recitals – one entirely focussed on Jack’s music and the other featuring works by other New Zealand composers who have been similarly inspired by other cultures. In that latter concert we will share the stage with NZTrio and are delighted to be presenting two brand new works by Michael Norris and Gillian Whitehead.

We are fortunate to have the support of the Confucius Institute in Wellington to help us get to China and by way of thanks we recently performed a special concert for them titled 'China Revisited – A concert inspired by Jack Body' at St Andrews on The Terrace. The concert opened with a traditional tea ceremony and included music by Jack Body, John Psathas, Gillian Whitehead and Gao Ping.

Radio New Zealand producer Lynda Chanwai-Earle took photos and gathered interview material at the concert for Radio New Zealand National’s Asian affairs programme Voices. 

View the event details for the Conference.

Photo Credit: RNZ/Lynda Chanwai Earle


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