Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music – free online New Zealand music

Today we bring you Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music which won the 2001 Tui for best classical CD at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Strike are a high-energy drumming group whose flexible line-up is drawn from amongst New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists. Founded in 1993, Strike began as a classically-trained percussion ensemble and has evolved and incorporated influences from a large range of different genres. The ensemble has ventured into exploration of the theatrical and physical aspects of percussion.

Includes music by David Downes, Gareth Farr, Ross Harris, Murray Hickman, Don McGlashan and Miriama Young.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

Gareth Farr – Warriors From Pluto – free online New Zealand music

Next on the New Zealand Music month playlist is Warriors From Pluto, featuring the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with Marc Taddei, Strike Percussion and Deborah Wai Kapohe performing the music of Gareth Farr.

Dynamic, lyrical, percussive and rhythmic, this recording features five works performed by the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with percussion ensemble Strike.

The powerful and beautiful voice of soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe also features on this album. Includes Farr’s Naga Baba, Te Parenga, Warriors from Pluto, Nga Tai Hurihuri, and Time and Tide.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

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Spark New Zealand Piano Trios – Featuring NZTrio – free online New Zealand music

Spark New Zealand Piano Trios presents cutting-edge new music for piano trio performed by the brightest new stars in the firmament of New Zealand chamber music: NZTrio. This debut recording of the ensemble features a programme of works they have made their own in concerts throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Over the last decade or so, a number of piano trios made up of outstanding individual musicians have formed and re-formed in New Zealand, and this particular instrumental combination has appealed to the country’s leading composers, who have produced an exceedingly fine body of work in the genre. The members of the New Zealand Trio, each notable musicians in their own right, together make up a formidably powerful ensemble, and their performances in this recital showcase the vitality, beauty and sheer emotional impact of works by John Psathas, Gareth Farr, Penelope Axtens, Michael Norris, Maria Grenfell and Victoria Kelly.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.