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Tūmanako: Journey through an unknown landscape was commissioned by Helen Kominik for her great-grandchildren, Kate Fraser and Tom Fraser. The commissioning was through SOUNZtender, a project of the Centre for New Zealand Music Trust.
Tūmanako (hope) was the name given to the property where Helen Kominik was born and lived for thirty years.
Just before writing the piece, I was travelling by car through Yunnan, glimpsing in passing scenes which were in part familiar and traditional, and in part slightly alien; there was no time to process what I was seeing. Similarly the piece exists in a series of ideas that are not worked through to any extent (although ideas do recur); this sense of journeying could perhaps be seen as a reflection of a journey through time and generations in Helen Kominik’s dedication of this piece to her great-grandchildren.
As the pianist Diedre Irons, for whom Tūmanako: Journey through an unknown landscape was written, is interested in improvisation, two sections in the piece can either be played as written, or used as a basis for improvisatory elaboration.
Dedicated to Kate Fraser and Tom Fraser
30 May 2010: SOUNZtender: the Concert