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NZ International Arts Festival

The festival of the arts is on in Wellington. Everything that I’ve seen so far has been of pretty high quality, although Eva has really stood out. The dancing was great, but the music really blew me away. It struck me that the singing was similar to Islamic music I had heard (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for instance) and that the dancing was sort of (that’s a big sort of) like belly dancing. The south of Spain were occupied by the Moors for hundreds of years, and so of course it makes sense that Flamenco has its roots in Islamic/Arabic music. There was very little in the way of props or fancy tricks, the performance simply didn’t need props.

In sharp contrast, the stage play The Holy Sinner was an amazing production, with a great sound system, costumes, props, explosions, rain, structures, you name it…. However, this didn’t cover up the rather slim plot. The shock value of the “sinful” sexual relationship seemed contrived, and the atmosphere of Irish Catholic oppression was tired. Most of all I was surprised to find that it was a New Zealand play, I assumed that it was British or Irish….

The other highlights so far have been the Japanese opera “Tea”, and the awesome Antonio Forcione Quartet.

, Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

WOMAD in Taranaki

WOMAD 2005

WOMAD Festival in New Plymouth.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, March 14th, 2005

WOMAD in Taranaki

Off to the WOMAD festival this weekend. Another three days of music, portaloos and ‘festival people’. No tenting this time – we’re staying on a Marae. Can’t wait!

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, March 11th, 2005

SoundSplash is cool

SoundSplash was neat. The vibe wasn’t as cool as Kaikoura Roots, but it was a great weekend regardless. Lots of driving, lots of beautiful NZ countryside.

Trinity Roots played their second to last gig and were amazing; I saw Katchafire for the first time, who were also great, and the Blood and Fire Soundsystem with the mister coolie Rankin Jo – a superb MC. Alas we missed Kora, but I’m sure to see them again soon.

No piccies, forgot…

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

SoundSplash 2005

Off to the SoundSplash in Raglan this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the awesome Kora again. It’s going to be a long drive though, about 8 or so hours.

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Kaikoura Roots

Awesome weekend – brilliant weather and good vibes all around. It was a small festival – there were apparently less than 1800 tickets available, but that was excellent as during the day the beach side venue didn’t feel over-crowded. Stand out performances from Trinity Roots and Kora, and OG on Sunday was also wicked.

Unfortunately I missed Shapeshifter who by all accounts were amazing. We did briefly meet their MC – he is one cool dude.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Kaikoura Roots Festival photos

Not particularly inspired piccies, but it gives you some idea….

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Jess

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Tash – Ben – Craig

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These guys were cool too, but I can’t remember their name…

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OG on stage (who I met once in London…)

Great weekend!

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Kaikoura Roots Festival

Off to Kaikoura Roots Festival this weekend. It is held on the weekend that statistically has the best weather of the year. Touch wood.

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Mr Dirty, He Dead

ODB

I ain’t got your money….

Maida Vale, London, Monday, November 15th, 2004

Pink Floyd

Just listened to ‘Comfortably Numb’ for the first time in about 12 years. The penny finally drops; they’re singing about heroin. No flies on this one.

Maida Vale, London, Monday, October 25th, 2004

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