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Stroma is an artistic team bringing bold and immersive musical experiences to New Zealand for over 20 years. We foster and champion the music of today, focusing on distinctive and compelling musical voices.

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Upcoming concerts in 2022

Stroma @ Classical on Cuba

Whistling Sisters , Two shows: 2:30–3pm & 3:45–4:15pm

Join Stroma on Wellington’s famous 'classical crawl', Classical on Cuba for a short half-hour 'taster menu’ of contrasting styles and energies. Featuring four of our top soloists— Anna van der ZeeBridget DouglasThomas Guldborg and Ken Ichinose—this concert includes two works for vocalising flutist (by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Norris), gorgeous duos with percussion (by Salina Fisher and Gareth Farr), plus an exciting tribute to Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, whose 100th anniversary was in May.

PROGRAMME

TORU TAKEMITSU (JAP) — Voice for vocalising flutist

SALINA FISHER (NZ) — Komorebi for violin and vibraphone

GARETH FARR (NZ) — Kembang Suling (Mvt I) for flute and marimba

MICHAEL NORRIS (NZ) — Piccled for vocalising piccolo player

IANNIS XENAKIS (GR) — Dhipli Zyia for violin and cello

Stroma @ Classical on Cuba

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Dream Architects

Public Trust Hall

This concert is based on the idea of composers as ‘architects of dreams’ — creatively assembling blocks of virtual sound material to form structures.

The programme features three world premieres from New Zealand composers: Dream Compass by Chris Cree Brown, I write and chew and crack my bones and think about hospitality by Ihlara McIndoe and Bricks and Mortar by Karlo Margetić.

Dream Compass attempts to navigate musical material in a similar way to a sleeper steering a dream; I write and chew and crack my bones and think about hospitality is a critique of the ‘social and bureaucratic microcosm in which our art germinates and manifests itself’. Bricks and Mortar takes its inspiration from architectural ‘blocks’ of material, such as dry-stone walls, tiles and rubble.

Also on the programme is the NZ premiere of Reuben Jelleyman’s Klein Fountain, nominated for the 2021 SOUNZ Contemporary Prize, an homage to Felix Klein who conceived of the Klein Bottle, and ‘imaginary object’ that represents a 4D topology. Klein Fountain evokes the imaginary flow of water through such a bottle in an inventive, sonically brilliant manner.

Rounding out the concert are sumptuous works by leading international composers Charlotte Bray and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

FEATURING

Barbara Paterson (soprano)

Hamish McKeich (conductor)

PROGRAMME

IANNIS XENAKIS (GR) — Rebonds A for solo percussion

CHRIS CREE BROWN (NZ) — Dream Compass for mixed ensemble (premiere)

IHLARA McINDOE (NZ) — I write and chew and crack my bones and think about hospitality for soprano and mixed ensemble (premiere)

REUBEN JELLEYMAN (NZ) — Klein Fountain for flute, violin, percussion and piano (NZ premiere)

GEMMA PEACOCKE (NZ) — New work for ensemble and soprano (premiere) 

ANNA THORVALSDOTTIR (ICE) — Spectra for ensemble (NZ premiere)

IANNIS XENAKIS (GR) — Dhipli Zyia for violin and cello

This concert supported by Creative New Zealand, Lilburn Trust, Stout Trust and the Wellington City Council.

Dream Architects

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Cage Against The Machine

Toi Art, Level 4, Te Papa

EXPLORE OUR GALLERIES OF SOUND.

This is no ordinary concert — you’ll ‘choose your own adventure’ by exploring the beautiful spaces of Toi Art at Te Papa (Levels 4 & 5) while Stroma performances multiple, simultaneous performances of ambient, spatial music throughout the evening.

Spread over 2½ hours, you can come and go as you please. Have a drink at the bar, then wander around the spaces to experience the sound events. Follow the schedule, or see where your ear takes you. If you position yourself right, you might even hear two or three pieces at the same time. If you miss a piece the first time, you can catch it again later in the evening.

Throughout the evening, Stroma will be performing experimental works by renowned composers such as John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, James Tenney and Alvin Lucier, as well as a selection of works by New Zealand composers. Low-level ambient sonic art by Wellington-based sonic artists will be also performed, mingling with the acoustic sounds of Stroma.

FEATURING A CURATED SET OF SPATIAL/AMBIENT WORKS BY JOHN CAGE, PAULINE OLIVEROS, JAMES TENNEY, ALVIN LUCIER, PETER ABLINGER, PLUS OTHER WORKS BY NZ COMPOSERS AND SONIC ARTISTS — PERFORMED IN MULTIPLE SPACES SIMULTANEOUSLY OVER THE COURSE OF 3 HOURS.

MORE DETAILED PROGRAMMES WILL BE RELEASED LATER IN THE YEAR

This concert supported by Creative New Zealand, Lilburn Trust, Stout Trust and the Wellington City Council.

Cage Against The Machine

Bold Sounds

Public Trust Hall

Celebrating what Stroma is all about: big, bold sounds and compelling musical experiences, featuring commissions from leading New Zealand composers Linda Dallimore, Gemma Peacocke, Dylan Lardelli and Kerian Varaine, plus Xenakis's stonking work Anaktoria.

PROGRAMME

LINDA DALLIMORE (NZ) — New work for ensemble (premiere)

DYLAN LARDELLI (NZ) — New work for ensemble (NZ premiere)

CHARLOTTE BRAY (UK) — Renga Miniatures for ensemble (NZ premiere)

KERIAN VARAINE (NZ) — AN DOOR for electric bass and ensemble (premiere)

KARLO MARGETIĆ (NZ)Bricks and Mortar for ensemble (NZ premiere)

IANNIS XENAKIS (GR) — Anaktoria for ensemble

This concert supported by Creative New Zealand, Lilburn Trust, Stout Trust and the Wellington City Council.

Bold Sounds

Stroma New Music Ensemble
c/- Michael Norris
New Zealand School of Music
PO Box 600
Wellington 6021
New Zealand

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