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Yvette Audain

Arranger, Composer

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Biography

Yvette Audain is a prolific freelance composing musician who has lived and worked in Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne. Her music has been performed throughout New Zealand as well as in Australia, Japan and the USA.

Yvette, whose instruments are clarinet, saxophones, recorders and Irish whistles, has worked professionally in a variety of genres: classical (Auckland Chamber Orchestra), military band (the full-time Royal New Zealand Navy Band), Celtic-style originals (trio ‘Doris’), Gypsy (the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band), and many more situations in between. She has long been involved with Auckland composers' collective The Committee, and her principal performance interest is early jazz, through which she has led the reed section of Brett’s New Internationals, New Zealand’s only authentic 1920s dance orchestra.

Yvette enjoys a fruitful involvement with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), for whom she is an arranger and associate saxophonist. She has also had several works performed by the APO, including Eulogy (in association with the 2011 Writers’ and Readers’ Festival) and Felix the Cat: The Magic Bag, a short cartoon soundtrack for the APO Wind Quintet. As a jazz clarinetist, Yvette has also led a small ensemble affiliated to APOPS’, the APO education programme, performing to school audiences around the Auckland region. The APO has even involved her in hip-hop, through their outreach programme APO Remix the Orchestra.

March 2011 brought the well-attended Grooves Unspoken: Music by Yvette Audain, a self-curated programme consisting entirely of Yvette’s own music, at St Lukes Church, Remuera, Auckland. This was in proud association with the Auckland Fringe Festival, and was recorded for broadcast by Radio New Zealand Concert. Three years later the works constituting this programme were collectively released as Grooves Unspoken the album. In 2012 one of the tracks, saxophone quartet A Charleston Kick With Steel Caps, was included in the programme for Saxcess’s nationwide Chamber Music New Zealand tour.

Yvette continues to perform her own compositions at events such as the Surrey Hills Music Festival (Melbourne), and in 2013 completed Loop City for violin with loop pedals, multitracking and two spoken word poets. This was commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violinist Sarah Curro, who has performed the work numerous times around Melbourne with poets Amanda Anastasi and Steve Smart. Yvette holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and clarinet from the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in composition and ethnomusicology from Victoria University of Wellington, where she subsequently completed her Master of Music (with Merit) in composition. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland.

“I enjoyed performing and recording Yvette Audain’s Eulogy for narrator and orchestra very much. Such a warmth of texture and harmonies which created a sympathetic palette for Olivia Macassey’s word painting”
– Kenneth Young

“Yvette’s music always has a freshness of her own, often a quirky sense of humour, and an artistic freedom, especially in the more Eastern-style pieces I’ve heard or played in other Auckland performances, such as APO composition workshops, APO commissioned arrangements for youth concerts, 175 East, APO’s Remix, APOPS ensemble concerts, and the Clocktower Concerts of The Committee.”
– Katherine Hebley, cellist, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and 175 East


Composed (66)

"that's nice!"

microscore for violin and cello, 1m


A Charleston Kick With Steel Caps

for saxophone quartet, 6m


An Irksome Vengeance

for clarinet and cello, 5m


Arioso

for oboe and strings, 2m


Away in a Manger

for oboe and orchestra


Botanicals

for violin and narrators


bulletproof petals

for saxophone quartet, 6m


Compendium Improvisation

improvisation for clarinet, 16m


Concerning Stillness

for bass viol (viola da gamba)


Devuelve El Favor (Returning the Favour)

for any lead instrument(s) and accompanimental instrument (eg. flute and guitar), 2m 30s


Earthbound Wings

for wind orchestra, 12m


Eulogy

for orchestra and narrator, 10m


Felix the Cat: The Magic Bag

for wind quintet, 1m


Flowers of the Forest

for clarinet, 2m


God Defend New Zealand

for orchestra and unison voices


Gold Snake

for plectrum orchestra, with flute and accordion, 1m 15s


Gossip!

for spoken voices, 2m 30s


Grooves Unspoken

for saxophone and piano, 4m


Hazine (Treasure)

for saxophone, 9m


Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

for voice and orchestra


Hold Fast

for clarinet, 4m 30s


January Blues

for clarinet quartet, 1m 1s


Jazz Age Miniatures

for three clarinets, 2m


Jingle Bell Rock

for orchestra


Kreutsalat

for clarinet and piano, 1m 40s


Loop City

for narrators and violin, 46m


Lull in the Hustle

for narrators and violin


Mangatangi

for orchestra, 4m


Meditations Upon Nasreddin Hoca

for any Bb saxophone and piano, 10m


Mozart-Beethoven Remix

for orchestra, 3m 45s


Nelson Stomp

for dance band, 3m 15s


O Holy Night

for harp and orchestra


O'Jonathan's Concerto

for recorder and string orchestra, 20m


Possum in the Kitchen

for concert band, 2m 30s


QV Maze/Hoardings

for narrators and violin


Rose Room

for jazz band or dance orchestra, 3m


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

for baritone voice and orchestra


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

for male voice and orchestra


Saints and Angels

for mixed octet, 6m


Saints and Angels

for concert band, 6m


scatter

for alto saxophone, viola and cello, 6m


Skirmish in Seven

for concert band, 4m


Spider Castle

for harpsichord and strings


Strive

for concert band., 45s


Sunrise Halo

for orchestra, 8m


Swimming with the Dinosaurs

for recorder quintet, 4m


Taku Papawira

for children's voices and orchestra, 3m


The Distraction

for narrators and violin


The Great Gate of Kiev

for orchestra of student musicians alongside more advanced musicians, 5m 15s


The Red Rooms

for narrators and violin


The Wheels on the Bus

for orchestra and unison voices


Three Auckland Nocturnes

for plectrum orchestra with optional flute and accordion, 10m


Translucent

for narrators and violin


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

for violin and orchestra, 3m 40s


Urban New Zealand Lullaby

for concert band, 5m


Wake Road in the Rain

for orchestra, 5m


Walking Bach

for plectrum orchestra with optional flute and accordion, 6m


We and the Ghost

for narrators and violin


What a Wonderful World

for SATB choir and orchestra, 2m 40s


When day is gone

for concert band, 5m


Yippee!

for flute and bass trombone, 1m



Arranged (18)

Arioso

for oboe and strings, 2m


Away in a Manger

for oboe and orchestra


Flowers of the Forest

for clarinet, 2m


God Defend New Zealand

for orchestra and unison voices


Gold Snake

for plectrum orchestra, with flute and accordion, 1m 15s


Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

for voice and orchestra


Jingle Bell Rock

for orchestra


Mozart-Beethoven Remix

for orchestra, 3m 45s


Nelson Stomp

for dance band, 3m 15s


O Holy Night

for harp and orchestra


Rose Room

for jazz band or dance orchestra, 3m


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

for baritone voice and orchestra


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

for male voice and orchestra


Taku Papawira

for children's voices and orchestra, 3m


Te Harinui

arranged for brass band by Yvette Audain


The Wheels on the Bus

for orchestra and unison voices


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

for violin and orchestra, 3m 40s


What a Wonderful World

for SATB choir and orchestra, 2m 40s



Recordings (2)