Dream Architects

Public Trust Hall, Wellington

Dream Architects 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 A Memory by Gemma Peacocke.

Dream Compass by Chris Cree Brown 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 by Ihlara McIndoe is a critique of the ‘social and bureaucratic microcosm in which our art germinates and manifests itself’, while A Memory by Gemma Peacocke is a setting of a poem of the same name by Irish-born New Zealand-American anarchist and modernist poet Lola Ridge.

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 architecture’ 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 works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Iannis Xenakis, the latter's 100th anniversary being celebrated in 2022.


Barbara Paterson (soprano)

Hamish McKeich (conductor)


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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