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Canticles of the Sky, Roar: Cage Against the Machine 2: Poutama
May 23 2024
City Gallery Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Cost: NZ$15 – NZ$25


Following the acclaimed ‘performance installation’ at Te Papa in 2023, Stroma return to play multiple, simultaneous performances of ambient, spatial music in the gorgeous gallery spaces of City Gallery Wellington. The centrepiece is a new work by Riki Gooch, Poutama, a work in four parts for improvising taonga puoro ensemble blending with the sounds of Stroma’s musicians.

Throughout the evening, surround yourself in meditative, hypnotic works by composers such as Salina Fisher, Hildur Guðnadóttir, John Luther Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Dai Fujikura, James Tenney, Jonathan Harvey, Alex Turley, Michael Norris, Salvatore Sciarrino and, of course, John Cage. You can come and go as you please. Have a drink at the bar, then wander around the spaces to experience the sound events. Follow the schedule, or see where your ear takes you. 


Riki Gooch and Rangatuone Ensemble (taonga puoro): Te Kahureremoa TaumataDr Ruby SollyKomako SilverMāia-te-oho Holman-WharehokaAl Fraser

Salina Fisher (koto)


Riki Gooch — Poutama: 12 Steps of Ascension (PREMIERE)

Salina Fisher — woman 女 beneath a wave 波

Pauline Oliveros — A Fluting Moment, Antiphonal MeditationHeart of TonesRock Piece

Michael Norris — Cirrus Drift

Hildur Guðnadóttir — From the other place

John Luther Adams — Canticles of the SkyRoar

James Tenney — Harmonium #1 , Harmonium #7Saxony

Alex Turley — Cloudscapes

John Cage — Five & One4

Salvatore Sciarrino — L’addio a Trachis

Felipe Lara — Meditation and Calligraphy

Toshio Ichiyanagi — Still Time III

Jonathan Harvey — Still

Dai Fujikura — Harahara & Inkling


City Gallery Wellington
Te Ngākau Civic Square
Wellington, 6011
New Zealand

Phone: +64 4 913 9032

His music perfectly echoes the landscape he loves: impersonal, relentless, larger than human scale, yet gorgeous, a quiet chaos of colors, suffused with light. It’s not a climate everyone could live in. But for those who want to bathe their ears in an aural aurora borealis while staying warm inside, it’s a spiritual odyssey well worth taking. - Kyle Gann
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