words about music

My dear friend Robert Hoskins and I worked with New Zealand composer John Cousins to publish a book of John’s essays along with commentary from Robert and an interview I did with John. That book, The Necessity for Consolation is published by Te Herenga Waka University Press.

To experience John Cousins’ thought and music, his site offers a remarkable trove of fascinating music and ideas: Studio 174

Robert and I worked with Dr. Michael Brown to edit a collection of addresses given by some of New Zealand’s leading composers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Finding Language: The Massey University Composer Addresses is also published by Te Herenga Waka University Press.

The Wellington Jazz Club asked me to deliver an address celebrating the contribution of Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers to the New Zealand jazz scene. Paul and Roger

A few thoughts on a Paul Bley recording. Paul said, after Ornette Coleman’s passing: ‘Ornette was the man behind the man behind the man.’ This is a review of his album Scorpio

Thoughts on Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.