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Contributor


Bob Bickerton

Composer, Performer

Biography

Bob has worked in the New Zealand music industry for over 45 years as a manager, trustee, recording and live sound engineer, educator, performer and composer. He has managed the Dunedin Sinfonia (now Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) and the Adam Chamber Music Festival, and has been director of the Nelson School of Music. He was a founder of the New Zealand Uilleann Piper's Association and also Ceol Aneas, the annual traditional Irish Music Festival, and was a trustee of the Nelson School of Music during its recent renovation.

As an educator he toured around New Zealand for over 25 years presenting education programmes in primary schools where he performed to an estimated 300,000 students. In 2000 he wrote Destiny Bay with Ian McDonald, a music theatre piece which students themselves could perform. Hirini Melbourne supported Bob’s inclusion of taonga puoro in the performance, which went on to be presented over a thousand times around the country.

His performance background originated in the folk-music scene where he specialised in Irish traditional music and his earlier recordings and writing reflect these influences. He has released three solo albums, Music in the Glen (1996), Island Mist (2001) and The Likes of Us (2006), two of which were finalists in the New Zealand Music Awards with each featuring his own compositions. His tongue-in-cheek song The Close Shave has been performed by some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians and has been recorded in several countries. Tracks from his earlier recordings have been released internationally on the Naxos label.

In the mid-2000s he recorded several film scores with Richard Nunns and Aroha Yates-Smith and these have been released on two CDs. His association with Richard Nunns goes back to 1987 when Bob attended a series of wānanga exploring taonga puoro. Over the years he was encouraged to present the taonga more widely and now records and performs with other practitioners.

2016 saw the beginning of a collaboration with master taonga puoro carver Brian Flintoff and Mohua based painter Robin Slow whereby Bob would compose soundscapes and videos to accompany their exhibitions. The collaboration quickly grew and now includes Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui. Their exhibition Ngā Hau Ngākau is currently touring New Zealand.

In 2015 Bob was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.


Composed (29)

After the Hunt

for flute, low whistle and gutar, 3m 37s


An Tráigh Bhán

for low whistle, uilleann pipes, guitar and fiddle, 4m 6s


Destiny Bay – Finale

incidental music for a music theatre piece, 55s


Destiny Bay – The Chase

incidental music for a music theatre piece, 1m 17s


Destiny Bay – The Welcome

incidental music for a music theatre piece, 40s


Destiny Bay – Together

a song written for a music theatre piece, 3m 51s


Embers Of The Cross​​/​​The Tea And Biscuits Reel

for harp, flute, whistle, guitar and bodhran, 3m 19s


Island Mist/The Currachman

a track from the composer's second solo album, 6m 49s


Karanga Te Pō, Karanga Te Ao – Flute

incidental music for a film, 2m 21s


Karanga Te Pō, Karanga Te Ao – Harp

music for a film, 2m 11s


Karanga Te Pō, Karanga Te Ao – Tera ana te tere

incidental music for a film, 2m 54s


Marcelle's March

a wedding march, 3m 18s


Matariki

a soundscape and video for an exhibition, 9m 42s


Matariki Hunga Nui

a soundscape and video to support an exhibition


Mauritau – Flute, Kōauau and Karanga Manu

incidental music for a film, 2m 23s


Mauritau – Puawai o te wao

incidental music for a film, 2m 58s


Mo Rún is Mo Ghrá Geal Rua

for harp, whistle and flute, 3m 18s


Ngā Hau Ngākau

a soundscape and video to support an exhibition, 39m 20s


Ngā Tōrino

a soundscape and video to support an exhibition, 20m 1s


Plate of Scallops/Eye of the Mullet/Eel Reel

for flute, whistles, guitar, mandola and bodhran, 3m 33s


Te Pātūnui O Aiō

a soundscape and video to support an exhibition, 25m 6s


The Close Shave

a traditional Irish song, 3m 58s


The Flickering Flame

a track created for a Sound on Sound collaboration album, 5m 7s


The Scarteen Hunt

a track from the composer's second solo album, 4m 17s


Tohu

a soundscape to support an exhibition, 21m 59s


Tuku Iho

a soundscape for an exhibition, 33m 39s


Whare Huruhuru

a soundscape for an exhibition, 39m 9s