The New Zealand String Quartet
Jack Body's music covers almost all genres, including solo, chamber and orchestral music; music-theatre; and music for dance and film, as well as eclectro-acoustic music. He is particularly fascinated with the music and cultures of Asia, and Indonesian music has been a particularly strong influence on his style.
After completing his master's degree in music at Auckland University in 1967, Jack Body attended the Ferien Kurse fur Neue Musik, Cologne, and the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, Netherlands from 1968-1969. From 1976-77 he was guest lecturer at the Akademi Musik Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and since 1980 has lectured at the School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His music has been played widely with performances in Australia, England, France, Holland, Canada, the United States, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Japan by such performers as Lontano, the Kronos Quartet, and the Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra. He also works in experimental photography and computer-controlled sound-image installations, having received commissions from several public galleries.
Jack Body is an energetic advocate of New Zealand music and has organized a series of Sonic Circuses (simultaneous multi-venue music marathons). He is the current editor of Waiteata Press Music, the principal publisher of New Zealand scores, and has also edited 12 CDs of New Zealand music. In 1985 he received the Canz Citation for Services to New Zealand music.
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Gareth Farr, composer, pianist, and percussionist, was born in Wellington on Leap Year Day 1968. He studied composition, orchestration, and electronic music at Auckland University and was a member of the Auckland Philharmonia and the Karlheinz Ensemble before moving to Wellington for further study at Victoria University, where he was a pupil of Jack Body's. There he became known for his exciting compositions, often using the Indonesian gamelan. He played frequently as part of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) before going to the Eastman School in Rochester, New York, for advanced study. At 25 he became Chamber Music New Zealand's youngest composer-in-residence. Since then, his works have been performed by the NZSO, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Wellington Sinfonia, the New Zealand String Quartet, and a variety of other professional musicians. He is currently working on a percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie that will premiere in July 2000.
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