The concert also included Frank Zappa’s Night School and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. An excellently edited video of the performance has now been published by SOUNZ.
Taking centre stage for Gyre (Ghosts with Accents) was what Northey described as a “chaos of percussion”, making the experience as much about the visual appeal as the smorgasbord of unusual sound combinations. The success of a percussion concerto like this takes these sounds and coalesces them into a unified framework.
The pairing of Frank Zappa’s intriguing Night School with the world premiere of James Gardner’s concerto for percussion quartet Gyre (Ghosts with Accents) worked well on several levels, not least of all that the former composer is a big influence on the latter.Liz McDonald/STUFF
You can also read more about James Gardner’s working environment and compositional process in this interview posted on SOUNZ:
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