New Zealand has never witnessed a multi-layered world music
collaboration like this before. John Psathas is no stranger to large-scale
works but this is his most ambitious project yet.
Featuring 150 musicians from more than 20 countries, including Serj
Tankian (Lebanon/Armenia/USA), Meeta Pandit (India) and Márta Sebestyén (Hungary), No Man’s Land brings together
the descendants of opposing forces in World War I and reunites them in friendship
and musical solidarity on the sites where their grandfathers and
great-grandfathers fought a century ago.
Director Jasmine Millet and cinematographer Mathew Knight’s film of
this epic global orchestra – playing a Psathas composition that leaps musical
genres as it does borders, from folk to jazz to rock to classical – will be
seen and heard in tandem with a select group of musicians performing live on
Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and Victoria
University of Wellington, with support from the Lottery Grants Board, Adrian Durham, the British High Commission, the Polish Embassy, the French Embassy, the
New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and Radio New Zealand Concert.