Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

June 29, 2016

Twelve Strings

Filed under: City,Music — paul @ 1:12 pm
Luke Hurley

Luke Hurley

Luke Hurley is an acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter, both locally and internationally. Here he is seen busking at the corner of Queen and Darby Streets, Auckland CBD. This was last week, and although the sun was shining (it’s raining solid at present), it could not penetrate the canyon that is Queen Street. However, reflected sunlight from one of the buildings opposite was focused on that corner.

Instrument by Steve Barkman.

May 8, 2016

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Filed under: Festivals,Music — paul @ 7:05 am
Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Alphorns and yodelling by the Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group at yesterday’s Swiss Market – always a treat!

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

April 11, 2016

At the Festival

Filed under: Festivals,Music,Titirangi — paul @ 8:33 am
Procession

Procession

Last weekend was the Titirangi Festival, with its traditional afternoon of music and entertainment in and around the village square. A few impressions from a couple of hours early in the afternoon.

Blowing his Trumpet

Blowing his Trumpet

Everybody joins in

Everybody joins in

Percussion

Percussion

March 24, 2016

Putorino

Filed under: Music — paul @ 7:05 am
Jerome Kavanagh plays the putorino

Jerome Kavanagh plays the putorino

At the recent Pasifika Festival, Jerome Kavanagh gave a demonstration of a range of maori musical instruments (taonga puoro). I only caught the tail end of this, when he played the putorino. One way of playing the instrument is shown here: blowing across the central opening – the pitch is controlled by embouchure as well as by the hand.

Very little is known about the taonga puoro, but in recent times great efforts have been made to collect what is known, and to reconstruct the musical possibilities of the instruments.

October 3, 2015

Muted

Filed under: Black and White,Music,Titirangi — paul @ 7:04 am
Muted

Muted

Terry Prince joined the Chilleles at a function at the Upstairs Gallery recently, playing a muted trumpet.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

September 30, 2015

Untitled

Filed under: Avondale,Music,People — paul @ 7:06 am
Chris, Maria and Peter

Chris, Maria and Peter

This band was playing outside the Avondale Jockey Club a bit over a week ago. They had only just formed and have yet to decide on a name. Wishing them well!

Peter on drums

Peter on drums

Untitled

Untitled

August 30, 2015

Tosca

Filed under: Drama,Music,People — paul @ 9:29 am
Steve Crowcroft and Friends

Steve Crowcroft and Friends

We had a guided tour of the New Zealand Opera yesterday, presently rehearsing Tosca for Auckland performances September 17-27 (Wellington October 10-17). We got to watch some of the chorus rehearsal (no pictures), and got shown the stores and workshop, guided by Technical Manager Steve Crowcroft, ending in the wardrobe room where we got a comprehensive rundown of the many strands that weave together to get a production.

Do not Forget

Do not Forget

Patterns

Patterns

Any Questions?

Any Questions?

July 19, 2015

In the Drawing Room

Filed under: Art,Hillsborough,Music — paul @ 7:03 am
Jade String Quartet in Rehearsal

Jade String Quartet in Rehearsal

As we entered the hall of the Pah Homestead the other day, we found ourselves immersed in the sumptuous sound of strings. It came from the Drawing Room where the Jade String Quartet were in rehearsal. An unexpected bonus to the art on display, the Wallace Art Centre’s comprehensive collection of paintings by Toss Woollaston (1910–1998). The exhibition runs until September 6 and is accompanied by a book with reproductions of the works from 1931 to 1996 and text by Dr Oliver Stead.

The Jade String Quartet will give a concert at the Pah Homestead on Sunday, 26 July, at 5:15pm.

Drawing Room and Paintings by Toss Wollaston

Drawing Room and Paintings by Toss Wollaston

The Catalogue

The Catalogue

May 8, 2015

Night Music

Filed under: City,Festivals,Music — paul @ 9:21 am
First Thursdays, K-Road

First Thursdays, K-Road

Last night in Karangahape Road, on the occasion of “First Thursdays“.

A community conscious arts event that acts as a platform for emerging and established artists and artisans to showcase their practice. We are driven by the motivation to provide a unique opportunity for creatives in partnership with our business community to share and engage with one another.

They might have been a small band, but I would not call it “Kleine Nachtmusik” …

First Thursdays, K-Road

First Thursdays, K-Road

March 30, 2015

Mhara Marimba

Filed under: Festivals,Mount Roskill,Music — paul @ 9:59 am
Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba are an Auckland group playing and dancing African Rhythms. Energy and joy, here at the International Cultural Festival in Mount Roskill. Sample them online!

Another day — another festival. So it seems. Apart from the Titirangi Festival and Titirangi Market, there was a big International Cultural Festival at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Appreciative Audience

Appreciative Audience

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