Waves & Lines


Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, 301-317 Queen Street, Auckland City Centre

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Monday 21 March 2022




Waves & Lines
Image: George Hampton (Gemma Peacocke), Whitney George (Waves & Lines performance)

An evening of powerful, deeply-felt music inspired by Afghan poetry and evocations of love, grief, home and war.

From Hamilton-born, New York-based composer Gemma Peacocke, Waves & Lines is a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry.

Collected in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan, these poems offer a surprising and vivid and often humorous glimpse into the lives of women existing under the watch of an ultraconservative regime.

Exploring the distance, anonymity, and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features the use of fixed electronics and projections, and showcases the musical prowess of vocalist Natasha Te Rupe Wilson (Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) and a stellar ensemble of New Zealand’s finest musicians.


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