John Psathas – Rhythm Spike – free online New Zealand music

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Our next offering for New Zealand Music Month is John Psathas - Rhythm Spike, the winner of Best Classical Album in the 2000 NZ Music Awards. Psathas is New Zealand's most internationally performed composer. His music draws on classical, jazz and rock traditions and is performed by artists from a variety of disciplines. Psathas composed the […]

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Dorothy Must Die!: The End of Oz

The end of Oz

"What did you do with the girl, Princess Ozma?" asked Glinda; and at this question everyone slowly bent forward and listened eagerly for the reply. "I enchanted her," answered Mombi. "In what way?" Inquired Glinda. "I transformed her into -- into -- "Go on!" Glinda said. "To a boy! "―The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904) […]

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40 years ago in a galaxy not far away…

May the force be with you

On a Wednesday in 1977 a phenomenon began. That phenomenon was Star Wars. Released in only 32 cinemas in the US on 25 May of that year the sci-fi space opera broke all box-office records and changed the movie making business. Star Wars was one of the first films to generate "round the block queues" […]

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Tami Neilson curls up … with a good book

Tami Neilson. Image supplied

Hair she comes! Hot ticket Tami Neilson kicks off her Songs of Sinners tour, performing in Christchurch tonight (Thursday 25th May) as part of The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival with her Hot Rockin' Band of Rhythm, belting out soul, country, gospel and blues. Tami's tour merchandise features a silhouette of […]

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From Scratch – Songs for Heroes – free online New Zealand music

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On Songs for Heroes, the From Scratch ensemble play instruments including zitherum, PVC pipes & drum station, soprano saxophone, vocals,  piano-horn, piano horn, tone trees and bass drum. And some handclapping. From Scratch have developed an original performance style which combines ritual, theatre, sculpture, and the handmade melodic percussion instruments of founder Philip Dadson.  All this […]

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Old Accommodation House: Picturing Canterbury

Old accommodation house. Kete Christchurch. Pearce_family_photos_21. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0 NZ.

Old accommodation house, location unknown, date unknown but probably in the 1930s to 1950s. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts Do you have any further information about this photo? If so, please share […]

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Feeling festive, out of Africa!

Roberta

So I missed WORD Christchurch Autumn Season but just up the drag from Cape Town, in the beautiful Western Cape lies Franschoek, where every year (in May) the Franschoek Literary Festival (FLF) takes place. I was curious to see how Africa festivates*, so my daughter and I offloaded the kids and headed into the mountains. What is it about […]

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Youth Week at Christchurch City Libraries

This place is lit, New Brighton

National Youth Week 2017 is 26 May to 4 June 2017 and this year's theme is "Our voices count, count our voices". Events at Christchurch City Libraries during Youth Week Linwood College Showcase Concert - Part of New Zealand Music Month Thursday 25 May 5pm to 7pm Linwood Library at Eastgate This concert will feature […]

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Ipu by Gillian Whitehead – free online New Zealand music

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Ipu by Gillian Whitehead brings together a unique ensemble of piano, cello, and pre-European Māori instruments and voice. Ipu is a poetic tale of love based on a story by Tungia Baker (translated into Māori by Wena Tait). An ipu is a gourd used to carry food and goods and ipu korero denotes a story-teller, someone who 'carries' stories. The ipu is employed on […]

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Douglas Adams: 25 May is Towel Day!

Douglas Adams

“Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.) After having spent a few weeks Time Travelling this month, you can be sure I kept my towel handy. Towel Day, 25th May, is a day […]

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