P R E M I E R E S

RECENT:

ALEXANDER COWDELL (NZ) - Cressida (2020)

for Piano, Flute and Orchestra

World Premiere live recording on 21st of June 20202

Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand

Commissioned by the Auckland Youth Orchestra

YAO CHEN (CHN) - Inquietude (2011/2019)

for piano & violin

World Premiere on 9th May 2019

Renmin University Concert Hall, Beijing, China

Performed during the Isomura Brothers` China Tour.

UPCOMING:

GARETH FARR (NZ) - Title To be Confirmed (2021)

for violin, viola and cello

World Premiere Performance. Date TBC.

Commissioned by Shauno Isomura with support from CreativeNZ.

MISSY MAZZOLI (USA) - You Know me From Here

for string quartet​

World Premiere Album Recording. Release Date TBC.

Kenneth Myers Centre, New Zealand

PAST PREMIERES

ALEXANDER COWDELL (NZ)

Cressida (2020)

for Piano, Flute and Orchestra W

World Premiere on 21st June 2020

Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, NZ

Commissioned by the Auckland Youth Orchestra

NORIYUKI IWADARE (JP)

Overcome (2020)

for Violin and Piano W

"Overcome, for violin and piano was commissioned by Wayo Records in 2020 and written for New Zealand violinist Shauno Isomura and German pianist Benyamin Nuss to be included in their duo album.

 

This is a tribute to everyone who are currently going through this 'uncertain time' in the world, and with hope for this piece to serve as an energy. I aimed to incorporate various different sections and rhythmic motives in this piece to express the multiple different layers of feelings which surrounds this uncertain time"

 - Noriyuki Iwadare

World Premiere Rec on 5th February 2020

Global Release on 10th October 2020

Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland, NZ

Commissioned by Wayo Records

YAO CHEN (CHN)

Inquietude, for violin and piano (2011/2019)

for piano & violin W

"For me, music is supreme in its power to make the experiences of life into memorable, transfixing, eternal events.  A composer has the means to instill the specific meaning of a precise moment into his/her music, but at times, details of life may seep their way into the act of composition quietly, even subconsciously.  Within any piece of music, these two paths intersect and develop simultaneously.


Even if I am unsure which path was first in this case, "Inquietude" for violin and piano is a commemoration of a rather poignant time in my life,a time of love, freedom, as well as growth.  The word "inquietude" itself is deeply ingrained in the musical fabrics of the piece, defined through its irregular rhythmic movements, frictions of dissonant narrow intervals and drastic exchanges between different textures, tempi and melodic modes.  Through these intertwined materials, and despite its short duration, the work manages to create a dramatic persona who both refuses to dwell in the present and suffers inquietude from an unknown future.


In this piece, two instruments represent two different times: piano the present and violin the unknown future.  In-between resides a soul in inquietude." 

-  Yao Chen

World Premiere on 9th May 2019

Renmin University Concert Hall, Beijing, China

Performed during the Isomura Brothers` China Tour.

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN (AUS)

Out of the Blue (2018)

for piano & violin N

"Out of the Blue (2018) for Violin and Piano was commissioned in 2018 by Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis as a gift for her husband Guido's 60th birthday in tribute to their life together.

 

The piece grew out of a few animated conversations with Michelle, listening to stories about their life together, with me improvising material at the piano in response to those stories.  Michelle felt that the piano part was for her as she played the piano for many years in her youth, and the violin part was for Guido, reflecting his long- standing love of the instrument."

 

 - Elena Kats-Chernin

New Zealand Premiere in March 2019

Whittaker's Music Museum, Waiheke Island, NZ

XU TANG (CHN)

JI, for violin and piano (2018)

for piano & violin W

"The energy of nature is enormous, irresistible, unpredictable. Humankind is insignificant in the face of nature’s unexpected force. When unknown forces come, we feel fear, panic, helplessness. Meantime, another force that is driven by the powerful vitality of nature arises in all things, love and hope take root and burgeon in this force. The two forces interact with each other.

 

JI 极, means literally: pole, utmost point, extreme. All things in the world have their two sides, or two polarities, such as bright and dark, loose and tight, fast and slow, high and low, positive and negative and so on, forming a very strongly contrasted energy. The two forces I explored in this work follow the concept of bipolarity as the core energy and power of the whole work."

 

- Xu Tang

World Premiere on 14th April 2018

Renaiss Hall, Okayama & Casa Mozart, Japan

Written for the Isomura Brothers and Dedicated to the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami.

MISSY MAZZOLI (USA)

Lies you can believe in (2006)

for string trio

"Lies You Can Believe In, for string trio, was commissioned by Milwaukee-based ensemble Present Music. The "lies" in the title are not untruths, and instead refer to the old-fashioned word for an improvised and embellished story. This type of lie is not malicious; the process of invention and the telling of the tale are ultimately more important than the truth behind the account. In this piece I created my own "lie,"

 

an invented and embellished urban folk music. The strings tell an improvisatory tale, touching upon the violence, energy, mania and rare moments of calm one finds in a city. This piece is inspired as much by modern gypsy music, punk, and electronica as it is by traditional Bulgarian and Romanian folk music. Many thanks to Present Music for engendering and inspiring this piece."

 

 - Missy Mazzoli

World Premiere Recording on 16-20 December 2019

Kenneth Myers Center, Auckland, NZ

New Zealand Premiere  on 14th of January 2014

International Akaroa Music Festival, Akaroa, NZ

MISSY MAZZOLI (USA)

Harp & Altar (2009)

for string quartet W

"Harp and Altar was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. At its core, this piece is a love song to the Brooklyn Bridge. The title comes from a poem by Hart Crane, in which he describes the Brooklyn Bridge as "that harp and altar of the Fury fused".

 

"The Borough of Brooklyn is impossible to describe, but the Brooklyn Bridge seems to be an apt symbol for its vastness, its strength and its history. Halfway through the work the vocalist Gabriel Kahane's pre-recorded voice enters, singing fragments of these lines from Crane's poem, The Bridge."

 

- Missy Mazzoli

World Premiere Recording on 16-20 December 2019

Kenneth Myers Center, Auckland, NZ

Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet

MISSY MAZZOLI (USA)

Quartet for Queen Mab (2015)

for string quartet W

"Queen Mab is an elusive creature from folklore and literature, a tiny fairy who drives her chariot into the nose of sleeping people. She enters their brains, eliciting dreams of their heart’s desire."

 

"This quartet embraces the wildness of Queen Mab’s journey and the dreams that result; Baroque ornaments twist around long legato lines and melodies ricochet between players. The music follows a sort of intuitive dream logic but returns again and again to the opening material, resulting in a sort of insistent, insane ritornello."

 

- Missy Mazzoli

World Premiere Recording on 16-20 December 2019

Kenneth Myers Center, Auckland, NZ

Commissioned by ETHEL, with support from

Foundation for the Arts and Miller Theatre

TOSHIAKI KOMORI (JP)

Lament to Higashi-Nihon Natural Disaster (2017)

for violin and piano W

"I am thrilled to hear  that the Isomura Brothers will be performing my work, Lament to Higashi-Nihon Natural Disaster.

In 2011, I originaly composed 'Lament to Higashi-Nihon Natural Disaster' for pan flute and piano, and was performed in Japan and Switzerland. I have also previously arranged and revised this work for piano solo, also performed in Japan.

Unfortunately I am not able to attend the Tsunami Violin Concert Tour by the Isomura Brothers and hear this work being performed live, but i hope this hearty event will be a great success and I sincerely hope it will become a bridge between New Zealand and Japan"

 

- Toshiaki Komori

New Zealand Premiere on 5th September 2017

Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, NZ

Dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

TOSHIAKI KOMORI (JP)

Contemplation of Stars (2014)

for solo violin W

"このヴァイオリン・ソロ曲は、2010年に化粧品開発向けの動物実験の廃止を訴えるパフォーマンス・アート作品とのコラボレーションの為に、アルト・サクソフォン・ソロ曲の姉妹作『眠っている月』とともに作曲したものであり、いずれも実験の犠牲となった動物たちに捧げられています。"

 

"姉妹作のタイトルに含まれる「月」は、動物実験廃止運動においてしばしば犠牲の象徴として語られるうさぎの、誰もが知るあの言い伝えに基いている一方、本作品のタイトルに含まれる「星々」は、月のうさぎの言い伝えに発する天体的想像力に拠っています。"

- Toshiaki Komori

World Premiere on 14th April 2018

Casa Mozart, Tokyo - Japan

LYELL CRESSWELL

Das Lied Von die Fische ( - )

for voice and piano W

New Zealand Premiere on 10th May 2015

University of Auckland Music Theatre, Auckland, NZ

Recorded with by RNZ & NZ On Air

with funding of the Resound project at SOUNZ.

YASUSHI AKUTAGAWA (JP)

Ballata per violino e pianoforte (1951)

for violin and piano N

New Zealand Premiere on 5th September 2017

Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, NZ

Original sheet music was revived and re-written

 for the Isomura Brothers' & Tsunami Violin Concert Tour

AKIRA IFUKUBE (JP)

Violin Sonata (1985)

for violin and piano N

New Zealand Premiere on 5th September 2017

Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, NZ