David Downes - News





2006. Worked as a music consultant on the Vincent Ward film River Queen.

'Simian Surprise' (Remix of the Peter Gabriel Hit 'Shock The Monkey' produced under the monkier 'Multiman') chosen by Peter Gabriel as the winner of the inaugural RealWorld Remixed competition. Listed in Record Collector Magazine's 'best of 2006'.

2007 'Coming In' (Remix of the Angelique Kidjo and Peter Gabriel song 'Salala') chosen by Gabriel as the winner of the second RealWorld Remixed competition.

Assisted in the music production and composition of the Vincent Ward film Rain of the Children including performance of various instruments in the score.

2008. Was involved in the development of the 'Our Space' multimedia installation at the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa) and was commissioned to compose two multi-channel, non-linear pieces for 'The Wall'. Also co-composed music for 'The High Ride' in collaboration with composer John Psathas.

'World premiere of Expulse' for solo piano and live electronics. Performed by Donald Nicolson as part of 'Strange Loops' a concert by contemporary music ensemble Stroma in Wellington New Zealand.

'Noise (theme and variations)' video work invited to be part of a new art installation in Séte, France.

2009 World premiere of 'Bliss Mechanism' for chamber ensemble. Performed by Stroma May 17, Wellington NZ
(commissioned by Stroma)

The score of "Kilt" (Downes-1995) used in a new dance production by Crow's Feet - Dance Collective (NZ)

Noise (theme and variations) screened at the 'World Music Day' Conference, Beijing.

2010 World Premiere of new film/music work 'Kingdom' performed by NZTrio at the New Zealand International Arts Festival Wellington New Zealand. (March 6 Wellington Town Hall. NZ)

Presentation of lecture: 'Visual Music' at the New Zealand International Arts Festival.
(March 7 Illot Theatre Wellington NZ.)

Kingdom performed by NZTrio. (August 28 Auckland Museum Auditorium NZ)

'Generation' and 'Noise' screened at the New Zealand Electroacoustic Music Symposium (September 2 Auckland NZ)

2011 'Flight On Light' CD by Greek Clarinetist Manos Achalinotopoulos released by Rattle Records including track 'Crystalline Athos' in collaboration with Downes

Generation screened at NewTown Arts event. Pasadena, California.

Generation featured on ARTE Creative website.

'Waterthreads' for cello and recorded sounds premiered in Auckland NZ. Performed by Ashley Brown.

2012 Creative New Zealand Jack C Richards Composer in Residence at the New Zealand Scool of Music.

Kingdom performed by NZTrio at the Nelson Arts Festival
.Kingdom screens at the Family Fiction Film Project Portugal, Anim'est Animated Film Festival Bucharest and the Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival

'Song' - a setting of the James K Baxter Poem sung by Deborah Wai Kapohe at the Wanganui Literary Festival.

Kingdom screens at Animax Skopje Animation Festival, Macedonia.

2013 Kingdom Performed by NZTrio at the Auckland Art Gallery March 16

Generation used as the basis for a new work by Italian percussionist Michele Rabbia and released on DVD 'Dokumenta Sonum'

Generation screened at the Talbot Art Gallery, Edinburgh as part of the exhibition 'Mirrors of the Mind',

World premiere of 'Dog Eat Dog'
for percussion sextet at the Christchurch Arts Festival. Performed by Strike. Also performed at the Nelson Arts Festival, NZ.

Kingdom screened at: TrickFilm Animation Festival - Stuttgart, Animage Animation Festival - Brazil, Festival international du court métrage de Lille - France, Animanima animation festival - Serbia, Filmets Bardalona Film Festival - Spain, Interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin

Kingdom performed by NZTrio at the Tauranga Arts Festival

Participation in panel discussion on NZ and Australian short film making at Interfilm Berlin

2014 World Premiere of 'Inner Phases' by Michael Norris and David Downes. Performed and screened at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, also in Christchurch, Hamilton and Auckland.

Dog Eat Dog performed by Strike as part of their show 'Between Zero And One' at the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

Kingdom screened at Cortoons Animated Film Festival, Rome.

'ImageNoise', a programme of short films by David Downes presented at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

'Four Welcomes' composed by David Downes, premiered by Zane Jarvis at the opening of the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Archetecture Biennale.

Kingdom and Generation screened at the first ShortVisions Film Festival, Ningbo, China.

2016 World premiere of No Man's Land by John Psathas. Including a reworking of 'Unstill' by DD

Sound Design for Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader's new feature film 'TheGreat Maiden's Blush'

Commissioned to create projected imagery for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's performance of Gareth Farr's Percussion Concerto featuring Strike.

'Signal' - a new ambisonic acousmatic work premiered at Sound Dome 2016. Auckland.


Recording at Braeburn Studios, Wellington NZ.