Waves & Lines
From Hamilton-born, New York-based composer Gemma Peacocke, Waves & Lines is a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry. Collected in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan, these poems offer a surprising and vivid – and often humorous – glimpse into the lives of women existing under the watch of an ultraconservative regime.
Exploring the distance, anonymity, and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features the use of fixed electronics and projections, and showcases the musical prowess of vocalist Natasha Te Rupe Wilson (Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) and a stellar ensemble of New Zealand’s finest musicians.
Pre-show talk at 6:00pm
Early Bird tickets are available until 11:59pm 6 January 2022, or until allocation is exhausted.
““For [this] remarkable composition, Peacocke has taken eight landays... short, intimate verses brim[ming] with yearning, love, rage, resignation, and irony.””