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What's going on in the world of music and the arts? From the concert hall to the cinema, we talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists - Upbeat finds out what makes them tick.


Babushka's Balkan Banquet

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Kirsten Johnstone gets the recipe for Babushka's Borscht with Wellington Balkan brass band Niko Ne Zna.

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Hans Zimmer in conversation

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +1200

The award-winning screen composer talks about his career and film music with RNZ's Adrian Hollay. Zimmer has scored over 150 films now, so there is quite a bit of music to choose from.

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Supertonic choir and the vanishing voices

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Wellington choir Supertonic discuss their concert Vanishing Voices which showcases seven languages that have suffered periods of decline. Conductor Isaac Stone and composer Vincent Olsen-Reeder talk about New Zealand's own threatened language, Te Reo Māori, which will be the centrepiece for this concert. Vincent has created a new cycle of songs that will premiere in this new series.

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David Bremner steps down from Wellington Brass

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

David Bremner the inspiring Music Director of Wellington Brass Band talks about the excitement he’s had with the band recently. He conducted his last competition with Wellington Brass at last weekend’s National Championships and now looks ahead to new initiatives. In 2015 the band won a hat-trick by taking out the double: the NZ National titles as well as the Australian title.

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Submissions closed for University of Waikato restructure

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Today is the final day for submissions regarding a proposed restructure of the University of Waikato’s Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. Associate Professor Martin Lodge explains how the proposal to reduce full time staff numbers within the Music Conservatorium from eight to five would have dire consequences for the department and the community.  He calls on the University to work together with staff to build a stronger future for culture in the region.  Fourth year violin student Rachel Twyman represents student opinion. 

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Juggling genres and dispensing songs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +1200

German-Kiwi duo Princessin Hans is in Wellington to perform a Homecoming show combining punk, cabaret and jazz in a space where the audience becomes part of the act. The duo’s musical journey includes the Song Dispensary, back in the capital after first appearing at the 2015 Performance Arcade, in which Princessin Hans writes a song in under an hour for a willing participant.

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Delaney Davidson: Devil In The Parlour

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

A spotlight has been shone on New Zealand troubadour Delaney Davidson in a new documentary that shows him both on and off stage.

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Basically Baroque with guest conductor

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Australian Daniel Kossov directs the season opener Basically Baroque – from Bach to Respighi to Mozart a musical journey. Kossov brings his international experience – from Australia to Israel - to the double Bach concerto for Violin and Oboe, performed with NZSO’s principal oboeist Robert Orr.

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From the medieval to the baroque with Baroque Voices

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Variety is the spice of life for Baroque Voices, who go back to medieval times this week complete with early instrument, the shruti box. The choir sings folk songs from medieval times interspersed with madrigals from Monteverdi's fourth book. Ensemble director Pepe Becker demonstrates on her shruti box.

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Rising star returns to Wellington

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Wellington organist Thomas Gaynor has returned home to perform with the Orpheus Choir this weekend.  Thomas will play two demanding works with Brent Stewart and the choir: Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and MacMillian’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. Next week Thomas will give the first recital on the Maxwell Fernie Organ at the newly restored St Mary of the Angels.

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Dame Malvina on spotting talent

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:50:00 +1200

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Art Excellence Awards give young artists a financial boost. Dame Malvina says the judging panel is looking for people with strong communication and performance, but also mental strength.

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De Pledge at the Auckland Museum

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Auckland audiences will get the chance to hear versatile New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge in action at the Auckland Museum this week. Stephen’s recital is part of the Fazioli International Piano Recital Series, where he’ll present solo pieces by Schumann, Messiaen, Rimmer, Liszt and Bartok.

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Painting a picture with music

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Artworks at the Auckland Art Gallery are the inspiration for a group of young New Zealand composers, who were invited to create new pieces for the APO’s Gallery of Sound concert in the Gallery this week. Chris Adams explains how the artworks will be projected onto large screens while the original pieces are played, giving the audience a full audio/visual experience.

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Internships for the next generation

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Connecting the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with the next generation is important to keep the orchestra, and classical music alive. APO Connecting is the education arm of the orchestra, which also oversees internships for young musicians looking to make a career out of playing. Director Tom Hamill, and oboe intern Noah Rudd talk about giving opportunities to talented young players.

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Music therapy for those with Autism

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

New Zealand School of Music’s Dr. Daphne Rickson knows how music can truly change lives. The senior lecturer in Music Therapy has been awarded a $100,000 grant to explore the effectiveness of music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Music has always been part of Daphne’s life, first as a teacher and pianist, then as a therapist. Her interest in music therapy started 33 years ago when her daughter was born deaf.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

These school holidays the bells will toll for those who decides to pull on the ropes connected to an array of bells, and lights, hanging in Aotea Square. Auckland based composer and sound designer Thomas Press is encouraging those young, and young at heart to create their own symphony of light at sound with his installation Light Bells.

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Dickens gets a musical makeover

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is just weeks away, and is packed full of local and international talent. It will be the best of times (and hopefully not the worst of times) for Penny Ashton who is bringing Charles Dickens to life through musical comedy Olive Copperbottom, in which she plays 15 different characters in pox-ridden London.

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The Brothers Tan make choir history

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

For the first time in New Zealand Youth Choir history three Auckland brothers will sing together in the National Choir. 23 year old tenor Benjamin and 20 year old twins baritone Benedict, and tenor Benett Tan discuss what was it like growing up in a musical family, and if there’s any rivalry for solos between brothers?

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New music for ANZAC Day

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

This weekend a new choral work by Auckland composer Janet Jennings will be given its NZ premiere at Holy Trinity Cathedral. ANZACs - A Generation Lost in Legend  was created in response  to the first world war centenary commissions and was first performed  in Sydney last year.

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Houstoun Celebrates Bach through Jazz and Classical

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Michael Houstoun has a full Bach performance calendar on his plate: it starts with a jazz reworking of the Bach D minor keyboard concerto with the Rodger Fox Big Band, then next month he plays all of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier for the Institute of Registered Music Teachers Celebrate Bach weekend at the University of Auckland. This comes hard on the heels of Mozart concerts with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Michael discusses how jazzed up Bach alters his approach to the classical.

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Bollywood comes to Auckland

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Salman Khan, one of the biggest Bollywood stars around, is coming to New Zealand for a one off concert at Vector Arena.  His screen career has spanned more than 25 years, but it’s his controversies that garner more attention than his films. Academics Alison and Greg Booth explore why Bollywood is important to New Zealand and what it means to the Indian community to have someone like Salman Khan visit.

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"Beautiful tone, beautiful heart"

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

In 1964 Sanford and Joan Reuning heard an ensemble of child violinists from Japan give a concert in Philadelphia.  They were pupils of the legendary violin teacher Dr. Suzuki. Sandy was already a violin teacher but the beauty of the children’s playing so impressed him he went to Japan to learn from Suzuki himself, and with his wife Joan has dedicated his live to spreading the Suzuki message, "beautiful tone, beautiful heart". In New Zealand this week their young Heifetz Ensemble give concerts.

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Getting the next generation en pointe

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

  Getting the next generation to step up to the mark is what Australian Ballet School director Lisa Pavane is all about. She’s been in New Zealand running workshops and judging dance competitions, but the day job for the dancer-turned-director is to feed fresh talent into the Australian Ballet Company.

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Fall flick picks

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The New Zealand International Film Festival has films to warm you up as the weather gets cooler. Features of the festival’s annual Autumn Events programme include the Judy Garland classic A Star is Born, Gretta Garbo’s Camille, New Zealand documentary Meat, and Burden of Dreams which immortalizes the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. NZIFF head Bill Gosden takes us through the progamme.

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, not living in the past

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +1200

Love them or loathe them, you can't deny Jethro Tull's rightful place in the pantheon of classic rock. En-route to New Zealand for shows next week, Kirsten Johnstone speaks to Ian Anderson, the band's singer, flute player and only constant member over the past 50 years.

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A Stirling violinist

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Classically trained violinist Lindsey Stirling is coming to Auckland next week with her high energy classical electronic crossover show. The two genres often don’t go hand in hand, but Lindsey’s 9 million YouTube followers would disagree. With three studio albums and legions of fans the violinist and dancer has carved a special niche for herself in the industry. She discusses having an all-women team, writing on the road, and where she finds inspiration when times get tough.

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St Mary of the Angels opens for Easter

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

The iconic Wellington Boulcott St Saint Mary of the Angels Church has reopened just in time for Easter. Earthquake strengthening of the 95 year old church has taken almost four years, and more than $9.5 million. Director of Music Robert Oliver discusses this weekend’s events and the installation of the refurbished Maxwell Fernie Organ.

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Talented duo touring NZ

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The weather isn’t stopping two talented performers New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall and award winning German-Korean pianist Christopher Park from traveling the country. The duo met at the Arte Musica Foundation in Frankfurt, where their musical chemistry grew. They perform sonatas by Mozart, Grieg and Brahms in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch.

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Pharaoh, the King

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:48:00 +1200

The colourful, toe-tapping musical Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens in Auckland this weekend.  While the story is about Joseph, it’s the Pharaoh, who steals the show, played by South African singer and pianist Jonathan Roxmouth. The Lloyd Webber musical, which parodies a range of musical styles, travels down the country over the next six weeks.

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Seated swing internet sensation

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Choreographer Chris Wilson has become a bit of an internet sensation after BBC Scotland filmed him teaching his dance classes for dementia patients. The video has amassed 15 million views in past three weeks, and shows him teaching dance moves to those sitting down. And the results have been pretty impressive so far.

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Jazz in the Bay

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

  It’s all about performance for Liam Ryan. The music producer, keyboardist and former head of contemporary music school at CPIT has made the move to Waihi and busy getting ready for the 40th National Youth Jazz Competition this weekend. He’s also busy creating varied work from his Torch Music Studio where he’s producing and playing more than ever before.

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Music that send chills

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Artist Tim Linhart loves the cold so much that he’s created icestruments – instruments made of out ice, which are used in concerts performed in special halls designed by the sculptor.  He’s become a bit of an internet sensation for his sub-zero climate concert halls and ice instruments ranging from violins to drums… but things don’t always go to plan, especially when warm breath and bodies are involved.

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Christchurch born Violist returns home

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

New Zealand violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish is back from London for a number of exciting projects including the launch of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School STELLAR Programme. The former Juilliard student is now freelancing for a number of top ensembles in London while she decides what direction her varied performance career will take.

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Jazzing up Kiwi classics

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

This weekend the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga is headlined by hybrid group Alchemy, fronted by singers Ria Hall, Anna Coddington, Julia Deans and Bella Kalolo. They are jazzing up 19 kiwi pop classics accompanied by a seven piece band. Anna Coddington and Julia Deans discuss friendship, music making and changing genres.  

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Music for Holy Week

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Hiroshima. Dresden. Jerusalem. Three cities all laid waste in times of war. The Tudor Consort’s Good Friday performance features music inspired by these tragic events, weaving together themes of alienation, exile, despair and forgiveness. Michael Stewart explains the programme centred on the theme of The Desolate City.

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Rebel of the keys celebrated

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Rebel of the keys is a documentary about the extraordinary life of Polish pianist and composer André Tchaikowsky. Describing himself proudly as a Jewish Homosexual Communist, Tchaikowsky scorned the limelight, and sabotaged his own international performing career to compose. Writer, director, broadcaster and musicologist Anastasia Belina-Johnson discusses his journey from the Warsaw ghetto, to touring the world as the successor to Arthur Rubinstein.

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A Labour of Love

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

English organist Robert Costin is back in New Zealand, bringing with him a new album which reflects a lifetime of love for the instrument, and Bach. He’s recorded Bach’s well-tempered clavier, which was described by Gramophone as “magnificent” and an “invigorating and stimulation experience”. He explains where his love for Bach has come from, why he’s recorded and released the masterpiece, and what’s next.

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Becoming a piece of art after death

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Artist Justin Crowe takes human ashes and turning them into pottery – from plates and mugs to vases and beads. And in turn he’s bringing a whole new meaning to having a cuppa with Gran. He tells Zoë George about how an art project of turning the remains of 200 people into a dinner set, has morphed into a memorial business that is receiving requests from around the US and the globe.

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Poppies & Pōhutukawa

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Classical cross-over singer, and member of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, Rebecca Nelson, is set to release her debut album, ‘Poppies & Pōhutukawa’, to coincide with this year’s ANZAC Day celebrations. She’s also off on a nationwide tour. But before Rebecca hits the road, she’s joining us to perform live in the studio.

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A fry-up with the All Day Breakfast Stringband

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +1200

Fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and close harmonies are the ingredients going into The All Day Breakfast Stringband. The Montreal-based band are in New Zealand doing an extensive tour, and hoping to get some squaredances started.

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Banksy originals go on display in Tauranga

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +1200

22 works from enigmatic street artist Banksy are on display alongside kiwi art at the Tauranga Art Gallery as part of the Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival. The Oi YOU! Collection belongs to George Shaw and his wife, and is the largest collection of Banksy works in the southern hemisphere.

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World premiere of Flute Concerto

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Wairua Sinfonietta is set to give the world premiere of a Leopold Hofmann’s Flute Concerto in G major with soloist Professor Uwe Grodd this weekend. Auckland University Associate Professor Allan Badley edited the concerto, which will be played alongside works from Mozart and Haydn and New Zealand composer Leonie Holmes.

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Fröst shines with NZSO

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

One of the world’s finest clarinetists - Martin Fröst - is touring with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He’s regarded as a musician who pushes performance boundaries – simultaneously taking on the roles of player, conductor and storyteller. He discusses his future projects; taking a broader artistic approach; and his experience of performing with the NZSO and Maestro Edo de Waart.

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Cosmic sonic tonic

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Professor Lucie Green is one of the most respected solar scientists in the world, and a passionate science communicator. She’s a well-known face in the UK, where she presents on a variety of BBC shows including The Sky at Night and Stargazing Live. She’s in NZ, performing alongside comedians and kiwi musicians as part of the Cosmic Shambles Live tour.

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Dangerous Song

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Australian instrument maker, musician and composer Linsey Pollak and vocalist Lizzie O’Keefe blend the sounds of endangered or extinct animals and birds – including the Kokako - and sounds from the environment, with music and voice, for their show Dangerous Song which is part of the Wanaka Festival of Colour.

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Young talent to perform with WCO

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The Wellington Chamber Orchestra open their season with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by 19 year old pianist Siyu Sun. She is the APO’s Hayden Staples Piano Scholar, and this piece secured her First Prize Piano when she performed it with the NZSO at the National Concerto Competition in March. Conductor Rachel Hyde on conducting the rising star and what is in store for audiences this year.

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Little Wild Lullabies

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Writing music for children isn’t as easy as it might seem, but it’s been a successful transition for folk singer/songwriter Claudia Gunn. Her new album Little Wild Lullabies was a finalist in the NZ Music Awards, and she even managed to slip a copy to international pop star Adele on her recent NZ tour.  

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Fire and Grace

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

Guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga are Fire & Grace. They explore the musical worlds of Bach, River Dance, Bulgarian tunes, Piazzolla and Vivaldi. Their wide-ranging repertoire reflects their diverse musical interests and experiences: from working with early music ensembles, to recording Shaker music, and running fiddle camps. They are in New Zealand for the Wanaka Festival of Colour and Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival and play live for us in the studio.

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Melbourne’s art book fair

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:50:00 +1200

Upbeat's Melbourne correspondent Vincent O'Donnell explores the narrative behind the Melbourne Art Book Fair and goes on the hunt for a New Zealand presence. The fair brings together established and emerging artists, publishers, designers and writers for a series of workshops, book launches and performances and is run by the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Healing the world one body at a time

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +1200

American Debbie Rosas is the CEO and founder of Nia, a sensory-based, movement practice that is designed especially to help those who are unable to move freely. Students of this practice include those with Parkinson's, arthritis, and autism. Debbie has been in the mind-body fitness industry since 1976 and aims to "heal the world one body at a time" through her method, an "anti-dote to no pain, no gain ethos of '80s aerobics", which is taught around the world by accredited trainers and in workshops.

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Mozart, Beethoven and a birthday boy

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +1200

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is on the road with Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, one of the world's finest players of the instrument. He'll be playing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, a work he's been touring world-wide. The orchestra also performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastorale and contemporary composer John Adams' Shaker Loops, to mark the American composer's 70th birthday year. Peter Hoar reviews.

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