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All is full of love

Claire Cowan was 10 years old when she first heard Björk’s music.

She saw the music video for Venus as a boy on TV and says she was enchanted. ‘I loved the unusual sound world, the Indian style strings, the angular leaping melody. It was unlike anything I’d seen before and I loved the fact she was in the kitchen cooking in the video. That’s where I listened to most of my music as a kid, as that’s where the radio was!’

Claire is the Musical Director for All is Full of Love – an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk performed by New Zealand’s most theatrical chamber orchestra, Blackbird Ensemble. Featuring vocalists Anna Coddington, Mara TK, and Priya Sami, All is Full of Love is a stunning tribute to one of music’s most innovative artists. Anika Moa has already seen it and says, ‘This show is absolutely mesmerising.’

Anna Coddington performing ‘All is Full of Love’ in Wanaka, 2019. Photo credit: Ray Tiddy Photography.

Claire is an award-winning musician and composer who is celebrated for her flair and intricacy. Her versatility as an artist knows no bounds – from working with New Zealand’s top tier of pop talent, to writing scores for film and TV, to creating arrangements for orchestras and sound design for theatre, there’s nothing this woman can’t do. She recently won a Silver Scroll for her television series soundtrack for Hillary, her piano trio Subtle Dances (co-commissioned by NZTrio and Chamber Music NZ) remains their most performed NZ Commission, and her score for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel is the first full length ballet score ever commissioned from a female composer in RNZB’s history.

As part of Blackbird Ensemble, Claire constantly tries to challenge the notion of performance by seeking innovative ways for audiences to leave with an unforgettable experience. All is Full of Love is the perfect example of their second-to-none ability as a collective to take captivating and powerful music one step further. They transform Björk’s iconic catalogue with their own unique flair, with phenomenal lighting and sound design along with elaborate costuming to transport audiences to an emotional world of wonder.

Image credit: Striped Trees Productions.

Claire’s looking forward to sharing this with Wellington friends for the first time. ‘It’s been long on the cards but we’ve never managed to haul the huge group down for a performance, yet! We’re also bringing my harpsichord down from Auckland, which is quite special as she’s never travelled before.’

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All is Full of Love plays
WELLINGTON: Shed 6, October 17
NELSON: As part of the Nelson Arts Festival, Theatre Royal, October 18
HAMILTON: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, October 22
HAWKE’S BAY: As part of the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, Victoria Spiegeltent, October 24
Book your tickets here.

Blackbird Ensemble performing ‘All is Full of Love’. Photo credit: Ray Tiddy Photography.
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