The Rata Trio is an unusual and dynamic ensemble, comprising saxophone, bass clarinet and marimba. Michael on saxophone joins Justus Rozemond on bass clarinet, and Yoshiko Tsuruta on marimba.
The group’s last tour of Northland (also taking in Tauranga and Auckland) presented a dramatic programme of music including an adaptation (especially for this combination) of Mussorgsky’s famous “Pictures at an Exhibition”.
Some feedback from the tour!…
“WHAT a super concert yesterday. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the unusual combination and the sound world they had created…”
“…the energy and intensity of the music and performance was amazing…”
“I just love the sound world that the three of you have created – dense, complex, evolving, playful and evocative! Great stuff!..”
“I knew of course that you are all good players, but was especially impressed with the arranging. The Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky worked particularly well, I thought…”
“The playing was superb…”
Yoshiko Tsuruta – Marimba
At the age of 9, Yoshiko began learning the marimba in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand in 2004, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music. She moved to Austria and has completed her Master’s Degree on percussion at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. She has won several prizes both in Japan and New Zealand, including the NZSM Concerto Competition and the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. In 2012 she reached the semi-final of the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg. Currently Yoshiko is back in New Zealand and building her career, specialising as a marimbist, as well as performing in orchestras and teaching.
Justus Rozemond – Clarinet
Justus has studied bass clarinet at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He frequently performed in the Wellington area, in particular championing contemporary music, playing which he can often be heard on NZ radio. Since moving up North, he has been performing chamber music, and plays regularly with Opus Orchestra. He is also active as a conductor (as Music Director of the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, and as guest conductor with e.g. St Matthews Chamber Orchestra in Auckland), and performs on violin and viola.