Owhiro: Works for String Quartet

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GARETH FARR
Owhiro: Works for String Quartet
New Zealand String Quartet

[ Trust / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 7 August 2000

Three quartets from New Zealand composer and percussionist!

"Farr's music is not espcially profound but it is spendidly alive. Performances by the New Zealand Quartet are outstanding throughout!"

Gareth was the youngest ever composer-in-residence with Chamber Music New Zealand in 1993, and has performed with a variety of musical groups both in New Zealand and overseas, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and many Indonesian Gamelan ensembles. He has also worked as a professional drag artist in New Zealand and Rochester, New York.

Gareth is now recognised as one of New Zealand's most important composers, and his list of forthcoming commissions bears witness to this. Recently, his works have been performed by the New Zealand String Quartet, CadeNZa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra (in Pennsylvania, USA). In March 1997, the premiere of From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs (commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 50th anniversary) was received to standing ovations, and the orchestra has performed the work several times since then.

Gareth's alter ego, Lilith Lacroix, has performed her DRUMDRAG show to sold-out houses, won a fashion award at the Trentham races wearing her own high-fashion handiwork, appeared in television commercials, and has recently recorded a pop single of the DRUMDRAG theme song.

Tracks:

Owhiro
Mondo Rondo
Frenzy