Zane Lazos is a musician and composer who uses a combination of the Turkish bowed tanbur (yaylı tanbur), saz (plucked stringed instrument), voice, and digital sampler and sequencer to realise a sonic space aimed at ecstatic dance and deep listening. This has been previously presented through the performance art project called Azphodel as well as other collaborative and solo efforts. Growing this practise from a foundation of traditional Western music education, training in Turkish music in the United States (with Chris Henke and master musician Timucin Cevikoglu) and Turkey (with master musician Sadun Aksüt), and along with numerous other world music influences, Zane seeks to blend ancient with contemporary and chart new musical waters wherever they may lead.
I am inspired by my homeland, Aotearoa, and by a journey I’m currently undertaking, traveling by bicycle through Asia and Africa.”
Her poem is published in New Dialgues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Adopted, Jacques grew up torn between working-class roots and a comfortable middle-class existence. She took from each what appealed; Education and drugs, respectability and sleaze, but always grounded in her two cultural identities. The significance of which is explored in “Plastic Kiwi”.
Inspired by the Beat poets, feminist punk and Riot Grrrl culture, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Poppy Z. Brite and the lyrics of Billy Corgan, Roz Williams and Brett Gurewitz, Jacques explores topics such as identity, gender, addiction and mental illness.
Her poem Plastic Kiwiis published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
From a 2007 meeting of friends sharing some pizza boxes at a Youthline building, the group formed with the support of the Youthline Trust.
The Collective has grown into a diverse group of poets, singers, musicians, writers and performers.
Last year they released a book and DVD of their work with the support of Creative New Zealand. South Auckland Poets Collective brings to voice the urban Pacific and Maori experience, using the power of poetry and spoken word to inspire, create and educate.
It’s street poetry in the Def Jam style, telling stories of their own lives.
Armed with their voices and notebooks, they defy the negative stereotypes of Maori and Pacific youth in Manukau and substitute a new story – of a group of young people, gifted and brown, brought together by their love of poetry.
Zane Scarborough – A father. A husband. A poet. A youth-worker of sorts. A member of the South Auckland Poets Collective. a loud mouth. a believer in God. Zanes poetry is clever, witty, heart-felt and always captivating, he writes about life experiences, his wife, his son and highschool.
Clara Jane Sione – A lover of the arts, based in Otara, she refers to her poetry as mental notes learning how to speak. she writes of imagination, her life in south auckland and her family.
Dietrich Solokai – A Youth worker, who lives in Manukau. Poetry always written with the intent to thought prevoke listeners. Dietrich has written pieces about Faith, finding love and the want to ‘Sky Dive’ through life. Marina Alefosio – A musician and mother of two from Manurewa, her poetry touches on common misconceptions of relationships and love. “If its love that we are seeking, it should be love that we are seeking’.
She considers the performance of poetry to be as important as its publication on the page and has performed at the 2010 Side Stream Poetry Brothel, with Hinemoana Baker at the launch of her second book Koiwi Koiwi, and at the opening of the Aotea Square in Auckland.
Over 2010 she ran and MC’d two events; Poetry at Our Edge of the Universe – a poetry/music/music event for National Poetry Day 2010, and Poetry Pick’n’Mix – an alternative take on slam poetry.
Her work has been published in Turbine and The Dominion Post.
Shane Hollands has been a performance poet for over 20 years and instigated the Auckland based poetry troupe ‘The Literatti’ as Creative Director for the collective’s initial year. Shane is also front man for the band ‘Freaky Meat’ & was half of beat-speak act ‘Beautiful Losers’ with musician Paul Williams.
Shane created and has run the national anual event The Kerouac Effect for over 8 years. Pairing Musician with Poets in Auckland Wellington and Melbourne.
Shane has performed his work from tip to tip of New Zealand & in Melbourne, Australia. Preferring people to see him perform live, he avoids submitting though his work has made its way into Live Lines, Side Stream, Tongue In Your Ear, and some independently published collections.
Sarah Marlowe Spence (Premratna)
shares sacred songs and chants in the medium of voice and guitar or harmonium.
Songs are in the style of ‘inspirational folk’, with sanskrit melted into some to uplift on a different level.
With a pure soaring soprano voice, this music is another good reason to pause in the midst of busy life.
“Feelings are what connect us to life and to one another.
To be able to feel is one of the extraordinary gifts of humanity.
To neither suppress our feelings nor be caught by them,but to understand them – that is the art.”
Sarah Macombee, Poppy Pritchard and Angel Neshama – are a captivating trio performing original songs in close three-part harmony in a provocative, moving and often hilarious peek into singer-songwriter Sarah Macombee’s world.
His versatility as an MC/Singer enables him to cater to almost all the modern popular genres with Reggae, Hip Hop and Dub step being his strongest niche.
The past year has seen Re come to the forefront of the New Zealand Dub step & Drum & Bass scene.
He has opened for a large number of the heavyweights in the NZ electronica scene.
Rasam is also the founder and owner of DUBJB Music NZ Ltd – an events and promotion business set up to support and promote New Zealand music.
Rasam has a diploma in Audio Engineering and is currently completing a degree in Recording Arts with SAE Institute.
Rasam has been involved in all aspects of the New Zealand music industry for well over 5 years.
Being a professional musician, promoter, band manager, music teacher and audio engineer has given him a vast knowledge and a clear understanding of what is required to become successful in the New Zealand music Industry.
I did lots of small acoustic gigs in my teens.Played bass for a while in the early 80″s.
Began writing my best songs in 87. Did lots of folk club acoustic perfomances. Did 2 years busking in the early 90’s and had a band in Whangaparaoa till 95. Did lots of music after moving to Rotorua. Came back to Auckland in 1999. Played all over Auckland since 2000 anywhere I could. Also started to play cello. Since then I have released 4 albums. Teamed up with Shane Hollands in 2004 to form Beautiful Losers. Music set me free.
She has performed around the world touring with many groups, including performances at WOMAD festivals (Australia & NZ), Love Box festival (UK), Havana International Jazz Festival (Cuba), Tanja Latina Festival (Morocco) and Nagaoka Winter Festival (Japan).
She has recorded with Iggy Pop, performed with Jarvis Cocker, Nigel Kennedy, members of Buena Vista Social Club and Sierra Maestra.
She has also been mentored by Seun Kuti and toured around the world with Ska Cubano.
In 2009 Miho started her Japanese Punk Jazz (J-PJ) band based in Auckland, NZ.
She sings her songs with quirky lyrics in English and Japanese as well as improvising on flute and saxophone.
She is accompanied by the guitar, bass and drums, creating a unique mix of rock / punk / jazz / funk and contemporary world music.
Their fine musicianship and explosive instrumental solos create a dynamic atmosphere that flows from the stage.
Hello – my name’s Tourettes I make rap music for the broken-hearted and poetry for illiterates.
My main influences are books, films, sandwiches and love songs.
Everything in my life revolves around my love of words…
Read more at Amplifier.co.nz
She is singing for you.
Not the person next to you (though she’ll let them believe it).
You. Only you. Patti loves you.
She holds a Master of Music in composition from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Bachelor of Music in composition and clarinet from the University of Auckland, from whence she also holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).
Yvette’s performance experience encompasses classical (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; New Zealand Opera), jazz (Brett’s New Internationals; the Frank E. Evans Band), folk (Doris; seisiuns and folk festivals throughout New Zealand), concert band (the Royal New Zealand Navy Band; the Band of the Wellington and Hawkes Bay Regiment), and free improvisation (Vitamin S).
Recent commissions include Walking Bach which was premiered by massed mandolin ensemble at the FAME (Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles) festival in Auckland, January 2011, and Felix the Cat: The Magic Bag, a short cartoon soundtrack for the APO Wind Quintet.
Yvette has also been thoroughly involved in projects by Auckland composition collective The Committee.
In March 2011 she presented the exceptionally well-attended Grooves Unspoken: Music by Yvette Audain in association with the Auckland Fringe Festival.
Yvette continues to have her music performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, for whom she has been an arranger since 2008.
In 2011 she is one of six composers selected for the APO’s Graduate Composer Workshop, with Eulogy (text: Olivia Macassey, 1994) for narrator and orchestra, which will receive its premiere in the May 11 Works With Words concert, as part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. For more info :visit :visit http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1227 and http://apo-readersandwriters-audain.notlong.com/ or
He graduated as a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Waikato (2006-2009) studying under Katya Skandera, Federico Quercia and John Couch.
He has won 2 best performance prizes and a Merit prize from Lilburn Student Composition Awards in 2006 and 2008 by performing his own composed piece of music.
Currently he is having lessons from James Tennant(Cello) and Tomonori Arai.
He is based in Auckland.
Became a member of Printable Reality collaborating with poets, dancers and visual artists around Auckland. Untill AUT Dance Company, Koutaro & Gus
She was the joint-winner of the Landfall Essay Competition in 2008 with creative non-fiction concerning history, colonisation and creativity.
She has worked widely in journalism, television, authored many non-fiction books, written television drama, published, broadcast and won prizes for poetry and short fiction.
She is currently finishing her first novel.
Kirsten is a founder member of Printable Reality, the organisation committed to raising the profile of poetry and spoken word in New Zealand, and has co-ordinated and MCed monthly performances at The Pah Homestead in 2011.
Poem “One dollar eighty” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Apart from his own records he is best known for music scores for movies: “The Secret”, “Planet Earth, “The Wolfman”. He has produced music for “World of Wearable Art” – Wellington.
For recent projects visit Jo Blankenburg & Oil Spill
Igor Cubrilovic is a composer, producer, and a guitarist.
Glacier Series is set of compositions which were composed over last 3 years, since he relocated from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland.
Igor was a member of Jonathan Kane’s February and produced both the luminous first and long awaited second albums.
He was a lead guitarist in Rhys Chatham Guitar Army, and is now active in the European Improv scene with Duet/Duel Series, and composes for film and modern dance.
He studied architecture in Belgrade, sound technology in Stockholm, sound installation in London, and is now pursuing his interest in psycho-acoustics and traditional music of the Balkans. He does not like to record his work.
Igor composed and performed music for the first ever Printable Reality show “Pagan Chew” in Greeley Square Gallery, New York, US in August 2002.
For the Soul Centre performance she will be performing some bilingual original songs, simply with guitar and voice.
From performing an intimate candle-lit solo gig or on stage jamming with the ‘soul brother’ band, Huia has an easy gentle sound reminiscent to Sade, Erykah Badu and 70’s retro vibes of Pink Floyd, Bread and Phoebe Snow.
www.huiahamon.com ; www.soundcloud.com/huia; www.facebook.com/huianz; iTunes artist id – huia (to search for songs)
Saggitarius. Painter and musician.
Guitarist formerly of ‘Semi Lemon Kola’ in the ’90’s, then with ‘Augustino’ in 2000 till about 2006. Currently playing with Mamaku Project.
Artist at Pierre Peeters Gallery in Parnell. Currently working on his second solo exibition.
The 2 creative geniuses behind the band will please your senses with an acoustic offering of their hypnotic music.
In a time of global uncertainty, Free Day ’s music offers a healing balm to soothe a troubled world.
By a twist of destiny lead singer/composer, Glen Donaghy, and his wife Alex were wounded with identical scars on their hands before they even met.
In September 2009, FreeDay signed up with M4U Records, a small indie label that blends strong business sense with a passion for helping artists succeed in music.
Glen says it’s difficult to describe FreeDay’s music. They appreciate any talented artist but they’re influenced by musicians such Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Crowded House, Muse, Live and Natasha Bedingfield.
Glen’s husky vocals exude a theatrical quality that moves from dreamlike pathos one minute to driving emotion the next.
Team that with his deft song writing and you have an album of unexpected but satisfying twists and turns.
No computers, no sequencers, no safety net… We believe there is still a place for live performance in electronic
Live improvisation means Dubtext don’t play “songs” in the conventional sense of repeatable compositions. We coaxe musical
sounds from a variety of small synths and effects.
Every performance is unique and can move from ambient dub to psychedelic techno.
Dubtext is Lawrence Brock and Robert Popovic and we’ve been playing together for three years.
She’s had her material translated to French and was a special guest of hit songwriter Don Mclean on tour in New Zealand in February 2011.
Donna has worked alongside an impressive list of America’s song writing legends including Don Mclean, Jimmy Webb, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Russell Smith & The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Willie Nelson and other high profile American artists such as Blues man Eric Bibb and Austin, Texas singer-songwriters Catie Curtis, Eric Taylor and Terry Allen.
Donna shared a London gig and her guitar with L.A based songwriter Ben Vaughn (Composer, Producer, Recording artist of That 70s Show, Ween, Third Rock From the Sun, Alex Chilton and Swingers) who took a liking to her Gibson J100.
She recorded her award winning album ‘Money’ in Nashville with country rock band The Amazing Rhythm Aces with production help from Grammy Award winning songwriter and ‘Aces’ front man Russell Smith.
Although her fan base is Germany where she’s been touring for over a decade, Donna’s fifth album ‘What Am I Gonna Do?, is currently creating a stir with new fans in America.
The album received an amazing review from Americana-Roots Music authority ‘No Depression’.
Vocal comparisons are being made between Donna and Annie Lennox and Mary Chapin Carpenter. It seems the credit she deserves is finally being realised with industry people saying she’s up there with the great female singer-songwriters of the world.
Website Donna Dean Music
Take a bite of LICORICA’S colorful assortment of world beats. Licorica specialises in Tropical Bass genres. Introducing the taste buds to the unique flavour of Latin America and beyond, Licorica mixes fresh fusion Cumbia and Reggaeton beats from Argentina and Colombia building up to stonking Brazilian Baile Funk, African Kuduro, Gypsy Balkan and Electro Swing. The vibe is deliciously alive, contagious and picante – musica con sabor!
The taste for that sabor is spreading quick, from producing collaborative events with various DJ’s, VJ’s, dancers and fire performers to playing festivals like Sundaise, Prana and VJ’ing for the Nomad. ~ Licorica consistently cooks up an exotic feet stomping, booty shakin’ stew that is sure to satisfy.
Carolina Moon is a vocalist and improviser across the genres of medieval and traditional world music, jazz, and free voice work.
Her recently released CD Mother Tongue (Ode 2011) resonates from a distant past through a collection of medieval Sephardic melodies (Judeo/Spanish) traditionally passed from mother to daughter.
More at moonmusik
“The prince of darkness is a Gentleman.” – Willie Shakespeare
Trouper, Raconteur, Impresario, Chancer, Murder Ballad Lover – Callum Gentleman tells stories. Stories about good people doing bad things, & bad people who try to be good (they often fail). Fallen Angels staring to heaven, contrite demons yearning for redemption, down & out junkies scrounging for a dollar, the devil gets it on with the wrong hooker with a heart of gold. From the child’s whisper to the drunk man’s roar, Callum’s got a voice for them all. The stories sometimes come out as songs, sometimes poems, sometimes campfire yarns, other nights barroom banter. But however they chose to be told, there is often a twist in the tales.
See him performing at POP-UP POETS event
“You Have Reached Your Destination”
Behind the scenes and certainly under the radar, with next to no celebrity, publicity or posturing, Caitlin Smith has tirelessly and wholeheartedly devoted herself to musicin Aotearoa.
She describes her role as being ‘the underwire in NZ’s musical bra’, and being ‘a midwife’ to great songs and great voices.
Coaching our top vocalists – from Anika Moa to Tourettes, Smith also regularly performs to loyal fans and Festival audiences, writes the column ‘Finding your own voice’ for New Zealand Musician magazine and fosters a community of songwriters through her coaching, spellbinding live performances, student nights, guest appearances and collaborations (Concord Dawn, Sola Rosa, Andrew Fagan, Lorina Harding).
Ben Brown (Ng’ti P’oa, Ng’ti M’huta) displays a marked propensity toward performance poetry, probably as the result of an overt desire to appreciate the sound of his own voice in the hope that others may share his apparent enthusiasm for it.
His poetry has been published in various anthologies and Radio New Zealand and The Radio Network have recorded him.
His work has also appeared on posters plastered from here to Baltimore. Ben lives in Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula.
Don’t miss the chance to hear exceptional performance poet Ben Brown. Ben will be in Auckland for the next two months as the 2011 Michael King-Creative New Zealand Maori Writer in Residence.
Ben Brown is a children’s author, poet, short story/non-fiction/script/freelance writer, though he has never quite been able to work out what the various distinctions are, so he refers to himself primarily as a writer, yet he does display an occasional propensity toward performance poetry probably as a result of an overt desire to appreciate the sound of his own voice in the hope that others may share his apparent enthusiasm for it.
In 2006 he was joint winner in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for Best Picture Book.
Read more @ Book Council NZ
Singer-songwriter Bernie Griffen (of The Grifters, host of bFM’s Border Radio) and outstanding fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Dave Khan (The Grifters, The Broadsides) play their own brand of swampy country-blues.