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Jeremy Mayall

CountryNew Zealand
OccupationArranger, Composer, Performer, Teacher
CategoriesClassical, Contemporary, Electronic, Fusion, Minimalist, Musical, Pop, Soundtrack/Film Music

Jeremy Mayall is a Composer/Producer/Performer/Multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Hamilton, NZ. He has been awarded a Doctoral Scholarship for studying towards a PhD in Music Composition. Having studied at Waikato University, Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - majoring in Music, and a Masters of Music (First Class Honours), majoring in composition. He has received a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for all his postgraduate study, and was ‘Creative/Performing Arts Person of the Year’ for 2005, ‘Media Personality of the Year’ 2005 and the inaugural winner of the ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Medal’. He was also awarded the ‘BeatStreet Award’ – for excellence in the creative arts in 2008 and the ‘Supreme Youth Award’ in 2008 from the Hamilton City Council.

His music covers almost all genres, including solo and chamber music, orchestral music, music for theatre and film, pop, hip-hop, jazz, as well as electro-acoustic music. His works always tend to favour the bizarre or fantastical elements of the imagination and his pieces always tend to look for a new form of expression, whether through turntables in an orchestra, to live electro-acoustic music for electric bass and turntables, to kitchen utensils as musical instruments. A fascination with Hip Hop music and culture, as well as the historical interest in many other musical forms (Jazz, Soul, Funk) and his interest in Film, has been a strong influence on his music.

His most recent work has been in the realm of film, creating score for a number of short films, as well as writing, recording and producing all the sound elements and music for the film-noir horror 'Down by the Riverside'. This film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the B-Movie Film Fest in New York. He has also just completed the score and sound design for the feature-length, coming-of-age, high school drama - “Pictures of You”.

At the age of 20 he wrote his first symphony – Symphony No.1 for orchestra and turntables (which has been performed by the APO, NZSO, WYO, DYO and NZSSSO), and also released his first album through his production and pop music identity of ONE FAT MAN. The album ‘a typical day in suburbia’ received excellent reviews. It features styles that span the musical continuum from jazz to pop, to soul and hip hop.

As a performer, Jeremy has toured throughout NZ, USA, and several Pacific Islands singing, performing in a number of bands and also performing as a soloist. He regularly performes in jazz-fusion ensemble “The 8 Piece”; musical-directing and performing in “The Big Fat Jazz Bastards” – a 16piece soul/funk/blues/jazz band; and as a DJ. He has also performed with the Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra, Sonic Warp, and various New Zealand Chamber Musicians, including performances of live electro-acoustic soundscapes for turntables, watering cans, electronics and taonga puoro with Richard Nunns.

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