New Music Central – Poetry as Song

25 February 2019 - Chemistry

Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin have been addressing poetry as song for more than 15 years. Since 2009 they have focused exclusively on New Zealand poets and collaborated actively with New Zealand’s inaugural poet laureate Bill Manhire.

Their work with Manhire is featured on four albums: Buddhist Rain, Making Baby Float (Rattle Records), These Rough Notes and Tell Me My Name (VUP).

In 2015 the pair released Small Holes in the Silence (Rattle Records), a collection of song settings featuring texts by a number of exemplary New Zealand poets, including James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Alistair te Ariki Campbell. That album also featured expatriate saxophonist Hayden Chisholm, who joins Norman and Hannah for their University of Canterbury School of Music New Music Central performance in late February.

For that performance the trio will present poems by four notable New Zealand women poets as song; texts by Janet Frame, Hinemoana Baker, Eileen Duggan and Cilla McQueen take root in musical settings that lie somewhere between art music, jazz and popular song.

Of their collaboration, New Zealand Musician said: “Hannah Griffin’s vocals have just the right balance between crisp diction and decadent tone. Norman Meehan’s jazz piano is elegant and powerful, while Hayden Chisholm’s sax is wistful and evocative … the music that Meehan, Griffin and Chisholm have created is utterly beautiful.”

Date: Monday 25 February 2019

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Recital Room, University of Canterbury Arts at the Arts Centre, Chemistry building, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch.


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