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Warwick Blair Joins Composers Edition

Hailing from New Zealand and described as  the ‘enfant terrible’ of contemporary Antipodean music, Warwick Blair has a reputation of one of the most eminent composers New Zealand has produced in years. Having studied under Louis Andriessen and Iannis Xenakis, Blair’s music fuses classical and indigenous traditions with electronics in a mesmerizing minimalistic soundscape.

very original and refreshing musical ideas… he is working at a new kind of ‘world’ or ‘universal’ metaphysical musical language…” – Louis Andriessen on Warwick Blair

The concept of memory, with the ability of the mind to retain certain information and yet reject other selective memories has fascinated the composer for many years. He explores a musical palette that draws on various seemingly opposing genres or styles, creating a compelling and challenging soundscape. Blair asserts that this collision of styles is his way of searching for a deeper meaning. Louis Andriessen talked about Blair creating a ‘universal metaphysical musical language’, just as Mahler desired his symphonies to be heard to represent the world. And this is Blair’s purpose, to permit eclectic diversity and temporal associations to offer exceptional musical freedoms, where all sound is equally relevant and musical hierarchies are levelled, so that something more abstract, more universal, can emerge.

Blair’s work previously appeared at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, South Bank Centre, and he performed together with his ensemble (WBE) at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in 2013, the Kings Place in 2015, Kingston University, where he was composer in residence, in 2016, and Club Inegales in 2017.

Blair has developed a unique style of composing… with striking results… it’s surprising, fresh and inspiring” – Andrew Claxton, from Dead Can Dance

Initial works available

more details and previews on product pages.

Etuden

Etuden

for soprano, piano and electronics

Invisible Visible book 2

Invisible Visible book 2

for voice and DJ

Lieder

Lieder

for baritone, piano and electronics

Lull

Lull

for cello, piano and electronics

Melusine (version 1)

Melusine (version 1)

version 1 for soprano, orchestra and electronics

Melusine (version 2)

Melusine (version 2)

version 2 for soprano and electronics

School of Velocity (version 1)

School of Velocity (version 1)

version 1 for piano and electronics

School of Velocity (version 2 or 3)

School of Velocity (version 2 or 3)

version 2 or 3, edit for piano with or without electronics

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