Recorded in 2018, Aotearoa is a celebration of New Zealand contemporary classical composition.
Featuring original works for brass by some of New Zealand’s leading composers, this album is a project of passion for the New Zealand Army Band and its Director of Music, Major Graham Hickman.
In gestation for almost a decade Aotearoa showcases the New Zealand Army Band as a classical brass and percussion ensemble. Hickman notes; “there’s been a wealth of original contemporary music written for brass band by New Zealand composers over the past 20 years, however very few recordings are available, and no album is dedicated to showcasing them. It’s been a real joy to explore these works and commit our interpretation for posterity”.
Aotearoa displays the New Zealand Army Band’s credentials as a quality contemporary performance arts ensemble.
Recorded in 2008 in the New Zealand Army Band studio, ‘Enchanted’ is predominantly a big band album. The CD also features two original songs; Poppy and Pohutakawa and New Zealand Soldier Song.
Poppy and Pohutakawa is a poignant song based on a poem written by Vietnam veteran Chris Mullane reflecting on the influence Flanders Field had on the shaping of New Zealand as a nation. Cpl David Fiu and WO2 Dwayne Bloomfield composed the music for Poppy and Pohutakawa and the resulting song became the official song of Tribute ‘08.
New Zealand Soldier Song is the official song of the New Zealand Army. A powerful song for the modern soldier it was composed by Don MacLeod and arranged for the NZ Army Band by Cpl Steve Chapman. This recording features Cpl David Fiu on vocals.
‘Enchanted’ is named after the James Morrison chart featured on the album. The New Zealand Army Band enlisted the expertise of professional sound engineer Mike Gibson for this album. Well respected within the NZ music scene Mike has worked with Fur Patrol, Trinity Roots and Hollie Smith.
The Army Band have also made available their sounds of Anzac Day
This page was last amended on 11 September 2018