Motone Productions is proud to announce that in October this year we will be delivering the first Creative Artists Residency for Multi-Disciplinary artists in the Cook Islands. This
project has received core funding from Creative New Zealand, with support already coming from the local business community with Pacific Resort providing accommodation of the artist in Aitutaki and Islands car and Bike Hire providing a car for the artist in Rarotonga.
Motone Company Director Glenda Tuaine explains “The creative residency program has been designed to create collaborative work between the selected artist and our
community and through Creative New Zealand’s support of core funding we are able
to do this. The program utilises the skills of the selected artist to preserve
and innovate a Cook Islands Heritage art form establishing a forum and framework
that will see the continued recognition of our heritage art forms. The residency
lets our Cook Islands art adapt and work in contemporary frameworks re-igniting
fresh new ways of looking and presenting and producing.”
She went on to say “This first residency project is the trail to ensure we establish a long standing residency in the Pacific so we are proud of companies such as Pacific Resort and
Island Car and Bike Hire who have come on board so early showing they too see
the value in this education project and making an annual programme for our
countries Creative Industry development.”
The residency will provide the environment for an individual to explore his/her artistic practice within the Cook Islands community; meeting new people and artists. The program uses traditionally known artforms and contemporary/new materials and or practice to combine the artist and community experiences. Thus forming the final arts product of the residency. We have selected Murray Hickman of Strike Percussion as the first artist.
Murray Hickman –
Murray is a founding member of Strike Percussion Ensemble, and is now the groups Artistic Director. He studied Classical Percussion performance at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, graduatingin1993. He then studied with Michael Askill (Synergy) at the Institute of the Arts at the Australian National University (ANU). Murray has been
Principal Timpanist with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, recorded solo and
chamber works for the Anthology of Australian Music and toured the USA as
soloist with the National Band of NZ. He has performed for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Stroma and Chamber Music New
Zealand. As a composer, Murray has created music for theatre, film, dance and television, as well as an extensive body of work for Strike. He has composed and
arranged works for events and artists including the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final,
World of Wearable Arts, and Hayley Westenra, and has collaborated on compositions with artists as diverse as Warren Maxwell, Gareth Farr, and Kora. He provided the music for
Aeon, winner of the New Zealand Documentary Festival 2005, and his score
for Ensemble Impacts production of Metamorphosis was nominated for Best
Sound Design at the 2008 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. He has also co-produced the albums Strike:New Zealand Percussion Music, which won the Tui for best Classical Album at the 2001 NZ Music Awards, and Sketches which was nominated as a finalist in the same category at the 2009 NZ Music Awards.
Murray has worked extensively throughout the world as an educator. He was Assistant Lecturer in Percussion at Australian National University and HOD Classical Percussion at Massey University, and has conducted percussion ensemble master classes in some of the world’s most prestigious music schools, including the Royal Schools of Music in London and Manchester, the Paris Conservatoire, Korean National University, and Singapore’s National Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the architect of Strike's renowned education program, and was recognised with a Local Heroes medal at the 2012 New Zealander of the Year Awards for his work creating the groundbreaking
Strike Percussion is New Zealand’s premiere classical percussion ensemble. They regularly tour throughout the world presenting their unique and exhilarating percussion stage shows and have performed with groups as diverse as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Kora. Recent performances include the 2012 Korean International Percussion Festival and performing with Hayley Westenra at the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final. Renowned for their education work Strike have presented their hugely popular schools shows and drumming workshop programs to more than one million NZ students of all ages.
Motone Director Maurice Newport said “Motone has been in discussions with Murray Hickman of Strike Percussion for the past 8 months to develop a percussion piece utilising Cook Islands Drummers. His intention is that the work will become part of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts opening ceremony for 2014 called The Big Bang and is part of and education project called Batterie 100. The New Zealand festival of the Arts ahs already agreed to 10 youth drummers from the Cook islands becoming a part of the ceremony due to Motone establishing the residency. We want to see this piece worked on further to become the main piece for the opening of the 2015 Cook Islands Arts festival
that Motone has independently been developing for the past 12 month. We hope
this festival will launch the celebrations for the Cook Islands 50 years of
THE CREATIVE RESIDENCY DETAIL:
The solid intention is to make the residency an annual program. The focus is to
create a platform for artists of all art -forms to be considered and programmed
providing they can show the following:
- A connection to the heritage arts of the Cook Islands
- A project plan that illustrates potential of the work being further developed after the residency
The residency will in turn feed into the development of work for consideration of
Arts festivals in NZ and the Cook Islands as well as other Pacific Nations and
International events. Motone still require further funding to ensure all
components of the Residency meet their plan and have approached several local
and international sponsors to assist.
Anyone of the Motone crew and associated clever people who have admin rights!