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Waitakere Brass Band

The Trombonist

The Trombonist

The home of the Waitakere Brass Band is next to the railway line at Olympic Park. A group of fine artists (Nate, Nirvana, Sore, Ezra, Jonny4H, Mandy — Kakano Youth Arts Collective) have covered it in murals, displaying themes of music and nature.…

Twelve Strings

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.…

At the Festival

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

Putorino

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.…

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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

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Tosca

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.…

Night Music

First Thursdays, K-Road

First Thursdays, K-Road

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

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