From one note comes two. From two notes come many. Breath sounds, sounds of bone, wood, natural things.
Bridget Douglas is the principal flute player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Alistair Fraser is a player, composer, and researcher of ngā taonga puoro – traditional Māori instruments. Together they play gorgeous music specially-commissioned by New Zealand’s leading composers. Enjoy the sounds and shapes of so many different instruments, like the pūtōrino, flutes made variously of albatross bone or wood; the bull-roarer that’s swung through the air; and the percussive sounds of river stones. Composer Gareth Farr says, “I love the ways that the flute and taonga pūoro can imitate each other – and occupy the same sonic space.”
Celebrating the partnership of music and poetry, the New Zealand String Quartet present the world premiere of The Dry Cardrona. Based on James K Baxter’s poem and inspired by the Otago landscape, the Quartet are joined by percussionist Naoto Segawa and narrator Katherine Baxter. Composer Barton Price has been in many New Zealand and Australian bands.
Aotearoa’s outstanding national chamber choir, Voices New Zealand, presents a breathtaking musical and visual homage to the beauty and vulnerability of our oceans.
Celebrating our moana as precious taonga with uplifting music from around the globe, this beautiful concert accompanies the flight of the kuaka/godwit, from icy northern seas all the way down to a fragile sanctuary in Antarctica.
For over a decade, ACE Brass has been bringing world class chamber music into the concert halls, schools, and homes of New Zealand. They’ve even played at Eden Park before an All Blacks test match.
Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass brings together a wealth of experience in solo, orchestral and chamber music. These three talented musicians embrace the fascinating and versatile repertoire of the brass trio. From Piazzolla to Puccini, you’ll hear the trumpet, horn and trombone just sparkle.
Dream-pop luminaries French for Rabbits have quietly built a reputation for creating ethereal, transcendental music, with songwriting that explores the political and the everyday with fragility, occasional humour and optimism. Originally from Waikuku Beach, the band started as the project of songwriter Brooke Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald before expanding to include some talented multi-instrumentalists.
Formed in Dunedin in 1980, The Chills won deserved acclaim for their early singles including ‘Pink Frost’, ‘I Love My Leather Jacket’ and ‘Wet Blanket’, released by legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun.
The Chills have a large and loyal cult following around the world built on the strength of their recording and live shows in over 40 countries. There have also been numerous festival appearances including Glastonbury UK (1987), Primavera Sound in Spain (2016) and America’s SXSW (2019).
They both began their music careers in Wānaka. Both shifted to Wellington and both have joined and formed new bands alongside their university studies.
Former Wānaka local Rose Spearing has already brought her Wellington band Corduroy to play back here, but now she comes with her new band Alba Rose (which includes another Wānaka local Rory Johns). Alba has soul, R&B, and indie-pop influences. Alba is developing a deep body of work encompassing evocative melodies, complex harmonies and heart felt lyricism.
Sometimes the songs we fall in love with are not the songs their writers intended. And while the language of music may be universal, our interpretations can be deeply personal.
Three of Aotearoa’s award-winning songwriters – Mel Parsons, Bella Kalolo and Julia Deans – share and celebrate the stories behind the true meanings of their songs. In this intimate and powerful show they explore how songwriters translate their experiences, thoughts and feelings into songs that listeners then re-interpret as their own.
The songs of Tiny Ruins have been treasured by crowds and critics for almost a decade. Hollie Fullbrook and her band span delicate folk, lustrous dream pop and ebullient psychedelia.
Born in Bristol and raised in West Auckland, Fullbrook’s debut LP was quickly celebrated and she took to the road to tour extensively through the UK, Europe and North America – a passage repeated many times since.
Second album won Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. “An album of quiet, devastating beauty,” wrote Pop Matters.
Estère, aka Empress of Electric Blue Witchhop, is one of our finest acts and best kept secrets, opening for the likes of soul legends Grace Jones and Erykah Badu. With a flair for exploring uninhabited and stunning sonic terrain, Estère weaves her velvety vocals, heavy basslines and hooks into a transfixing new performance concept.