A variety of contemporary music
By Gilbert Haisman
The Hayden Chisholm Trio will be performing at the Paekakariki gallery and home of painter Gerda Leenards and craft artist Lindsay Missen on Friday 16 February, 7.30pm.
Their music is original, subtle, and likely to appeal to people attracted to contemporary classical music, chamber jazz, Ravi Shankar, and/or the art music that shares the bill with the more spectacular world music that features at WOMAD.
There will also be quirky touches, including words from James Joyce. The trio is completed by two former lecturers at the New Zealand School of Music: bassist Paul Dyne, and composer and pianist Norman Meehan.
The talented Hayden Chisholm
Chisholm is Kiwi-born, lives in Germany, and regularly tours America and Europe. He is in demand as a composer and musical director, and for his annual masterclasses, entitled The G-string of Pythagoras, that explore the fusing of saxophone, ‘just intonation’. ancient music theory, and improvisation.
Chisholm’s recent projects include:
- musical direction for the Earth Festival in Kenya
- performing with David Sylvian on the World is Everything tour
- composing for the German Theater (Deutsches Schauspielhaus) in Hamburg, for the Salzburg Festspiele, and for installations and films by German artist Rebecca Horn.
Praise from Bill Manhire
Chisholm’s playing has featured prominently on CDs of song settings, by composer Norman Meehan, of poems by Bill Manhire, who describes the alto saxophonist’s improvising as a “…fluid sound [that] lifts and slips and slides, prefiguring and predicting, working with an alphabet that is before and beyond words.”
Chisholm’s tone is described by AllAboutJazz.com as “… the clearest, purest sound of any saxophonist out there today… perhaps surpassing that of [Duke Ellington alto star] Johnny Hodges.”
Admission to the two-hour BYO event is $25 and there will be no door sales.
Bookings can be made by contacting Gilbert Haisman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 022 0122 103) and tickets are available at the Paekakariki Fruiterer.
Full details are provided through both methods.