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Fresh Talent: There’s A Tuesday

 There’s A Tuesday is settling in as one of Aotearoa’s freshest dream-pop bands. The four-piece is fronted by Nat Hutton and Minnie Robberds on vocals and guitar, alongside Gus Murray on drums and ...

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News

Jerome Kavanagh Is Victoria Uni’s Composer-In-Residence 2022

Taonga pūoro artist and practitioner Jerome Kavanagh (Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, Kahungunu, Irish: Caomhanach) has been announced as Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington’s 2022 Creative NZ/Te Kōkī NZ School of Music composer-in-residence,  Jerome is part of a movement introducing Māori music, art, and culture to the world. He has performed and recorded with artists from a variety of different genres, and was a featured solo artist and lyricist on 2011 Grammy award-winning album ...

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Opportunities

From The Pit 2022 Exhibition Registrations Open

From The Pit 2022 exhibition registrations open for music photographers who have taken extraordinary photos of live music in Aotearoa since June 2020.  First held in 2019, From The Pit is an annual curated exhibition of images of our own musicians playing live in New Zealand.  More than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography. The print exhibition is displayed as part of NZ Music Month.  An extended remix of the print exhibition, with bonus additional content, ...

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2022 New Year’s Honours Awarded

Services to music, in its many forms, led to several 2022 New Year's Honours being announced on the very last day of 2021.  Rodger Fox - CNZM Jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger, producer, musical director and lecturer, Rodger Fox is perhaps best known for his own-named Big Band, which will itself celebrate a 50th anniversary in 2022. Previously awarded an ONZM, he remains an active performer having played alongside a broad range of nationally and internationally renowned ...

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Taite Music Prize 2022 Nominations Open

Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) has opened nominations for the Taite Music Prize 2022 and the Best Independent Debut award, adding the new NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism award to the ceremony, which will take place at Auckland's Q Theatre on April 20.  The new award will celebrate a special individual who made a creative contribution and significant impact with coverage of Aotearoa music in 2021. For the award’s inaugural year, finalists will be shortlisted by the IMNZ board. “In addition ...

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Interviews

Chaii: Put In The Work Then Get It Done

Born in Iran, raised in New Zealand and based, for a few months at least, in sunny Los Angeles, Aotearoa hip hop newcomer and multi-hyphenate talent Chaii has the world both in her music and at her fingertips. Fresh off the back of dropping ‘Pineapple Pizza’, her six-track sophomore EP which lathers sunshine vibes over punchy, old-school beats, Alex Cabré caught up to talk heritage, collaboration, and that lingering debate: should pineapple go on pizza or not? As challenging as it has been ...

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Luke Buda: Injections Of Contributions

Twelve years since his last, Luke Buda has just released a third solo album, one he’s consciously, and very simply badged as ‘Buda’. While certainly trademark Luke Buda in its blend of catchy psychedelic pop and axiomatic observation, it’s less simple than his previous solo output in a number of ways, one being that it is not so solo. Amanda Mills quizzed him about the album and its musical cast of characters. BUDA by Luke Buda Luke Buda is bemused. He has received a message on Bandcamp ...

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Downfall Of Humanity: Trivium Pursuit

Auckland metallers Downfall of Humanity are far from being new kids on the block, having released a first album back in 2016, followed more recently with a pair of 2019 singles, descriptively titled Apocalypse and Enemy. Like so many others the five-piece saw their best-laid plans for a new EP release titled ‘Deceit’, and follow-up tour in late 2020 turn into lockdown frustration. Amberleigh Jack caught up with them following the delayed EP’s welcome arrival in October last year. Ask any ...

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Jaz Paterson: Making Pop From Her Pain

Originally from Geraldine, South Canterbury and now resident in Christchurch, singer-songwriter Jaz Paterson has been making music for several years. Arriving at the end of November, her sophomore EP ‘Ache’ sees Paterson emerging with a new, lush indie pop sound. She talked over the background to each song with Nur Lajunen-Tal. Ache by Jaz Paterson Jaz Paterson instinctively thinks of her newly released EP as a debut, but readily acknowledges ’Ache’ is actually her second. “But my first ...

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Industry

Celebrating 40 Years Of Flying Nun With Hocken Collections

Amanda Mills has been writing and reviewing for NZ Musician since 2007, and since 2011 has been employed at Hocken Collections in Dunedin, as a Liaison Librarian and Curator of the Music and AV Collections. With 2021 marking 40 years of Flying Nun, Amanda and her equally Kiwi music enthusiast colleagues set about figuring out how best the Hocken Collections might celebrate what was, by dint of office geography, after all, a Christchurch label. A fun, but hardly enviable task as it turns out. When ...

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Michael Llewellyn: Reconnected With Music

Michael Llewellyn McMillan hails from Warkworth, a fast-growing township town north of Auckland on the banks of the Mahurangi River. He lives in Auckland and is deeply inspired by the power of the landscape of the Taranaki region. In October this year, Llewellyn released his quite remarkable debut album titled ‘Oh My Darling’, and with it leapt into our musical consciousness with his reverential vocals and filigree guitarwork. Clare Martin helps in telling his extraordinary story. Oh My Darling ...

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Mel Parsons: Carrying On Through Dire Straits

Mel Parsons always has an interesting project on the go. Following 2018's 'Glass Heart', an album that saw her winning the Tūī for Best Folk Artist, alongside nominations for both the Taite Music Prize and Silver Scroll Award, she did some high-profile theatre shows with local all-star casts, amid other Covid-impacted personal touring. The second half of 2021 brought new original material, including the latest single, Already Gone. Hayden Pyke talked to her. Made with the support of NZ On Air. Mel ...

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Event Guide

Albi & The Wolves 2022 Summer Tour

Much-loved Auckland folk three-piece Albi & The Wolves have a full tour lined up starting on January 14 in Tasmania. The powerhouse folkies will then be headed out to venues across the North Island, supported by Kirikiriroa duo Looking For Alaska. Links to tickets available here.

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Songlines Community Exhibition Launching In Takapuna

Auckland City of Music (ACOM) and Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland will soon launch Songlines – a free interactive community exhibition celebrating the music of Tāmaki Makaurau in Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore. Opening December 4, Songlines is essentially a mixtape of a dozen songs, represented by record-shaped pavement decals creating a trail of tunes. Each decal carries song lyrics from some of the city’s most memorable tracks, plus ...

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2021 Pro Audio Showcase Now Scheduled For February 2022

Auckland’s enduring Level 3 Covid lockdown has left the re-scheduled November dates for the 2021 Pro Audio Showcase unviable. With the show’s exhibiting companies remaining keen for the biennial industry event to go ahead, organisers have announced new dates in February next year. Originally scheduled for September 2021, the Pro Audio Showcase will now take place on February 16 &17, 2022. The venue remains Auckland’s Victory Church Convention Centre, overlooking Victoria Park in Freemans ...

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