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Martin Lodge

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Born: 1954

Biography

Martin Lodge’s music is imbued with the sounds of nature, traditional Maori instrumental sounds and chant, rock music, and computers, as well as the Western classical mainstream. Typically, in his music rhythmic drive is complemented by carefully conjured colour. He is especially interested in links across chasms of time and place, and how music as a public or shared event can so acutely reflect the interior landscapes of many people. Recently he has begun to explore ways of integrating real-time computer manipulations of sound in performance situations which still retain the human interest and drama of live players, and to bring together traditional Maori instruments with Western instruments and technology. His music has been played in North America and Europe as well as in New Zealand. Lodge was born and grew up in Tauranga, on the Pacific coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

He graduated MA in English literature, before advancing his music studies, and for some years has both composed professionally and published researches into New Zealand music. In March 2005 he presented a paper on New Zealand’s unusual music historiography at the RILM conference Music’s Intellectual History in New York. He has twice held the Mozart Fellowship composer residency at the University of Otago, in 1990 and in 1991, and has been Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1993. He has also served as secretary and as president of the Composers Association of New Zealand.

He has completed commissions for leading ensembles such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Ogen Trio in New Zealand, as well as for performers in the United States and France. Perhaps his most popular work is Hinterland (1998) an orchestral fantasy on a theme by Bruckner. Hinterland was included on the Trust compact disc “Landscapes”, which was a finalist in the 2003 New Zealand Classical Disc of the Year awards. Toru (2003) for taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments), cello and clarinet has generated wide interest and led to further works which draw elements from culturally diverse sources together.

An album of his chamber music titled 'Toru' was released in 2011 by Atoll Records. In 2013 he won a Pah Homestead (Auckland) Artist-in-Residence award. Premières in 2015 included Enigmatic Bagatelle no. 1 for clarinet and piano, and Tauhara for saxophone and classical guitar, which was commissioned by Duo Montagnard. His multimedia project Organ Music was exhibited at Auckland's Silo6 from October-November 2016. In December 2016 Martin's virtuoso composition for solo cello Omanu was recorded by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in Berlin.

Currently Lodge is a Senior Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of Waikato in Hamilton (www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass/subjects/music/staff/martin/), where he teaches composition and music aesthetics. To promote contemporary music performances in Hamilton and provide exposure for young composers he co-founded Okta, a new music ensemble based in the Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato.


Composed (44)

Aequora tuta silent (all the sea was quiet)

for viola, alto saxophone and electronic effects, 6m


After Dürer

dance film in collaboration with One Fat Man Productions and Daniel Belton, 7m 50s


Aria with Commentary

for two cellos, 8m 30s


Assembly

for youth orchestra, 8m


Aër

for full orchestra, 7m


Bagatelle

for wind quintet


Cantus Intus

intuitive music for piano or other solo instrument, 20m


Cassation

for chamber orchestra, 14m


Divisions for Wind Quintet

for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, 13m


Epitaph for Douglas Lilburn

for solo cello, 4m 30s


Fanfare in C

for brass ensemble, 1m


Farewell for David Farquhar

for two celli, 3m


Four Lagerkvist Songs

for baritone or mezzo and piano, 7m


Frames

for tape (EMS/VUW), 7m


Gyres

study for solo trumpet in C, 7m


Hau

for cello and taonga puoro


Hinterland

for orchestra, 11m


Mirage

for tape, 5m


Mozart Brief-Ly I and II

For 2 clarinets, 2 bassett horns, SATB soloists, 8m


Nightwind

for two cellos, 5m


Oiche ghealai (moonlit night)

for flute and taonga pūoro


Pacific Rock

for solo viola, 5m


Pan Dreaming

for solo flute, 3m 30s


Pastorale

for piano, 4m


Pastorale

for string quartet, 4m


Plenum

for organ, 10m


Quiet Garden

for flute and two percussionists, 8m


Ritual

for saxophone and viola


Solo a due

for cello and mini-disc player


sub rosa

for oboe quintet, 5m


Summer Music

for violin, cello and piano


The Shepherd's Dream

for tape, 10m


Toru

for taonga puoro, cello, and clarinet, 10m


Two Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 5m


Variations on "My Man's Gone"

for violin and piano, 8m 3s


Violin Sonata

for violin and piano


Voces naturae - I: Locus iste

a guided improvisation for mixed ensemble, live video and live sonic electronics


Voices Within

for harpsichord and recorded sound, 5m


WAM! - Reminiscences of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

orchestral fantasy on themes by Mozart, 18m


Winterlight

for bassoon and orchestra, 11m


Within The Garden

for soprano and SATB choir, 5m



Arranged (1)

Pastorale

for string quartet, 4m



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