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Summer Music was commissioned by the Ogen Trio for their concert which launched the Rotorua Summer Music Festival in 2000. Reflecting on the place and its ambience provided a musical starting point for writing the piece. Environmental sounds such as repetitive insect noises, the forcefulness of geothermal activity and the contrasting stillness of Lake Rotorua form a counterbalance to the chatter and indulgences of tourists in party mood.
Such literal thoughts lead to the creation of an imaginary musical landscape of a summer evening. In Summer Music many different sounds and movements coalesce; conversations erupt then die down or are interrupted; the natural; the man-made and the imaginary intersect imperceptibly. Musically strict argument can give away to patches of stillness of lyricism. All things seem possible here.
Notes taken from Ahi - the Ogen Trio, Atoll CD ACD108
Commissioned by the Ogen Trio and premiered at the Rotorua Millennium Chamber Music Festival in January 2002
12 Jan 2002: Performed by Ogen Trio; Civic Theatre, opening concert of the Millennium Chamber Festival 2002, Rotorua
24 Feb 2009: Contemporary Visions 17
Performed by the Ogen Trio - Katherine Austin, Dimitri Atanassov, and James Tennant
Recorded by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists (Lara Hall - violin, Katherine Austin - piano, James Tennant - cello) at the Gallagher Concert Chamber, Waikato University, November 2011.