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Manaia (I), written in January 2008 for Tjasa Dykes and Luca Manghi, is the first of a series of works for wind instruments inspired by paintings of Auckland artist Natalie Couch. Manaia are supernatural beings, spiritual guides which in this piece have taken on the form of moths. The music suggests the fluttering, resting and swarming movements of moths and other flying insects. The title also alludes to a giant and spiritually significant puriri tree near Manaia on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Dedicated to Tjasa Dykes and Luca Manghi
27 Apr 2008: Performed by Tjasa Dykes (flute) and Luca Manghi (flute) at the Great Hall, Christchurch
07 Apr 2010: NZ Music for Woodwinds: Auckland