Jack Book Cover

Thursday 7 May

We were delighted to play welcoming music for the Wellington Launch of “Jack! Celebrating Jack Body, composer”, edited by Jennifer Shennan, Gillian Whitehead & Scilla Askew.

See video of the event here.

Jack was fundamental in the development of gamelan in New Zealand, acting as manager for the Gamelan Padhang Moncar for many years, introducing many composition students to gamelan music and fostering the composition of new works for gamelan.

This beautiful volume celebrates his 70th birthday and unswerving commitment to New Zealand music by bringing together an astounding collection of memories, photos, paintings, art and music from around 120 friends, colleagues, students and family.

…this book gives us many … instances of the essence of Body’s particular no-holds-barred brand of creativity….the sheer range and depth of his activities here presented is nothing short of revelatory – as fellow-composer Helen Bowater said about meeting him for the first time, it’s like “being struck by lightning – never the same again!”.

Peter Mechen

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The contributors reflect Jack’s far-reaching connections throughout the world and particularly in Asia. They include: Geoff Chapple, Tan Dun, Gareth Farr, Gao Ping, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Margaret Nielsen, Richard Nunns, Roland Peelman (The Song Company), John Psathas, Budi Putra, Frederic Rzewski, Chinary Ung, Peter Walls and Ian Wedde.

There are musical tributes from: Dame Gillian Whitehead, John Elmsly, Frederic Rzewski, Yuji Takahashi, José Evangelista, Somei Satoh, Dieter Mack and Ross Harris.

Contributors on Jack and gamelan are: Marie Direen, Gareth Farr, Joko Susilo, Budi Putra, Pippa Strom, Yudane, Megan Collins, Juliet Palmer, Judith Exley, Jo Hilder.

Other gamelan players and Indonesian musicians/composers have contributed: Briar Prastiti, Anton Killin, Slamet A Sjukur and Rafiloza bin Rafii .

Woven between the stories is a transcript of Jack’s comprehensive Radio New Zealand Concert ‘Composer of the Week’ interviews with Elizabeth Kerr.

The book is hardcover, in full colour and has over 250 pages.

You can buy the book from all good book stores or online from Steele Roberts or SOUNZ ($39.99).