The Caselberg Trust announced today that its Creative Connections residents in 2015 will be Alex Taylor, one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music.
Alex’s music has been performed by prominent artists, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, 175 East and the NZTrio, as well as being featured in concerts in Australia, Indonesia, America and Europe.
In 2012 Alex was the youngest recipient to date of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work [inner] for viola and orchestra, for which he was also awarded the NZSO-Todd Young Composer Award, as well as the Orchestra’s Choice Award. He was the 2012 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence.
In 2013 Alex was the recipient of the CANZ Trust Fund Award and the APRA Professional Development Award. He also received an Emerging Artist Award as part of the North Harbour Club’s AIMES Awards.
He has recently become more involved in scoring for theatre, collaborating on productions of Cloud 9 and Soo Young the Musical. In November 2014 Alex will be the New Zealand Young Composer representative at the Asian Composers League Festival in Tokyo.
As well as being a composer, Alex curates the Intrepid Music Project, a series of contemporary arts events focusing on new music and poetry. Alex is a regular contributor to the LOUNGE poetry readings and his poems have been published in Potroast, minarets and JAAM. His first poetry collection vocoder lorry is scheduled for release in November, published by Compound Press.
The Caselberg Trust Creative Connections residency is specifically targeted for projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, and professional disciplines, and/or to communities relevant to the planned project. Previous Creative Connections Residents have been Megan Jane Campbell (2012) and Pacific Underground (2013).
Alex will spend his time as Creative Connections Resident undertaking a project based on the life and music of New Zealand composer Anthony Watson. In 1971-72 Watson was the inaugural Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, prior to his death aged 39 in 1973. His papers are held in the Hocken Collection.
Alex has performed and programmed many of Watson’s compositions, and presented a paper on Watson’s Third String Quartet at the 2014 CANZ Composers’ Conference. Alex plans to use source material in the Hocken Collection to create parallel musical and literary tributes in the form of chamber music and poetry. The end result being a new composition for solo viola and a companion poetry collection.
The Caselberg Trust purchased the Broad Bay, Dunedin home of the late John and Anna Caselberg in 2006, with the aim of hosting creative residencies in the house. Since inception, the Trust has held a variety of creative projects and events, as well as hosting a number of well-known New Zealand writers and artists at the cottage.
Please contact Trustee Robert West at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 027 608 0641 for further information, or www.caselbergtrust.org, or Alex Taylor on 09 482 5038