Works by Composers Ann Cleare, Ryan Molloy and John McLachlan to be presented at the ISCM World New Music Days festival in Aotearoa New Zealand

Hosted by Te Rōpū Kaitito Puoro o Aotearoa/ The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ), the ISCM World New Music Days festival takes place in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Ōtautahi Christchurch from 23 - 30 August 2022. From 28 - 31 August, CANZ will also host the Asian Composers League Festival. This double festival will include concerts by professional orchestras and ensembles, informal ensembles and collaborations, taonga puoro practitioners, and soloists. The programme features new works from across the membership of the International Society for Contemporary Music and the Asian Composers League, alongside a rich and varied array of recent music from Aotearoa. Originally scheduled for April 2020 and rescheduled due to the pandemic, the festival will include works by Irish composers Ann Cleare, Ryan Molloy and John McLachlan.

The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland has been an associate member of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) since 2020. Works by CMC Composers Ann Cleare and Ryan Molloy were selected by the festival organisers from a submission made by the Association of Irish Composers (AIC) - the current National Section of ISCM.

Ryan Molloy's work, Ogham, will be performed by the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, conducted by Helen Renaud on Sunday, 28 August at the “Tūtohu” concert at Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch. With the generous support of Culture Ireland, the composer will be present at this occasion and will also represent the AIC in-person at ISCM General Assembly meetings which take place during the festival. The “Tūtohu” concert will be available to live stream via Youtube, please see the CMC event listing for further details.

Ann Cleare's work 'Inner' is to be performed on Tuesday, 30 August as part of the “Tūranga hauropi” concert at the UC Arts Recital Room in Christchurch. The performers featured in this concert are Tim Emerson, Rakuto Kurano, Mark Menzies and Yifan Yang. This concert is also available to live stream via Youtube, please see the CMC event listing for further details.

John McLachlan’s ‘Sparśa’ was also selected by the festival organisers through the ISCM individually submitted works stream. This piece will be presented in Auckland, on Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at the installation launch of "Dots and Voids” at the Audio Foundation. Sparśa means 'contact' and relates to the idea of sense impression before taste or value judgements affect the mind.

For the full programme of concerts, visit the World New Music Days New Zealand website: