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A Journey

Nina Johnson has come to wilderness of Whatipu to reckon and wrestle with her identity and the musical manifestation of who she truly is. Far from the land of her birth, she encounters her grief as the ghosts of family lost wash ashore. Nina must face the past that they carry with them, and embrace the tides to rediscover her song.

An artist’s journey told through film, puppetry, music and spoken word, (On) WHATIPU is an original devised piece by Navi Collaborative alongside other Auckland creatives.

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Peppino D’Agostino, is a world class acoustic guitar player (voted one of the world’s 50 best acoustic guitarists by Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2017). Peppino has shared stages the world over with guitar giant Tommy Emmanuel and countless others.

Peppino is known for his remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects along with his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes. His live performances, a combination of beautiful, complex, up tempo original instrumentals, memorable arrangements and engaging songs, are beautifully addictive.

This is Peppino’s first visit to New Zealand, so be sure not to miss this exciting unique opportunity to experience this renowned guitarist and his music!

 

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Headlining our comedy night is WILSON DIXON who will bring his unique brand of laconic storytelling and hilarious songs back to UXBRIDGE. You are in for a night of laughter from this slow-speaking, wise-cracking Colorado cowboy; Wilson Dixon.

Joining him on stage will be some of the best up and coming comedians which will be announced soon.

Start your weekend off with a night of great comedy!

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A talented band of Auckland based musicians with their own unique style and vibrant performances.  Their eclectic repertoire stretches from lively renditions of Jazz standards, blending Latin and folk influences, French Chanson and funky grooves.
A stellar line up of some of N.Z. best jazz musicians. Featuring Maria O'Flaherty on vocals, Ben Fernandez on piano, David Hodkinson on bass and Stephen Thomas on drums.  Come and be seduced by their contagious love of music

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A Play By Apirana Taylor

A lively, modern retelling of the long ago exploits of Kupe, great Pacific explorer and navigator, created by leading Māori writer Apirana Taylor and performed by Tola Newbery.

Poet Apirana Taylor has penned a lyrical account of Kupe’s many exploits. Myriad narratives are woven to form an ambitious fifty-minute show.

Kupe’s exploits in Aotearoa are the subject of an epic poem originally commissioned by the New Zealand Festival.

Poet and storyteller Apirana’s work for solo actor is engaging, informative and suffused with beautiful symbolism. With creative license he darts from episode to episode on Kupe’s journey around Aotearoa. An heroic picture is drawn of the man many believe was the first visitor to these shores.

“ …may it have the long life it deserves so many thousands more can enjoy it.”

DATE: Sunday 24 March

TIME: 1PM

GENERAL ADMISSION FREE

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Join UXBRIDGE Arts and Culture for a fabulous day of breath taking art at the world renowned Gibbs Farm.

Gibbs Farm is a sculpture park like no other and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.  Across the manicured lawns are dotted the most awe inspiring sculptures by some of the world’s best artists. This visit will leave you inspired, breathless and eager for more.

Thursday 11 April, 2019, 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Food and Transport options will be available in the new year.

Gibbs Farm is a private property open by appointment only on scheduled monthly visitor days as per website: http://bookings.gibbsfarm.org.nz/reservations/

By purchasing this ticket you are gaining access to Gibbs Farm on Thursday 11 April, this event is in support of UXBRIDGE.

There is no entry fee applicable when visiting Gibbs Farm.

This is a self-drive event. We will have optional tickets for a bus to the Farm available - these will be promoted in the new year.

The Farm is large and will take most of the day to walk around and see the sculptures. There isn't transportation around the Farm so it will be necessary to have good walking ability to enjoy the day.

Please note and download the Gibbs Farm Visitor Terms of Access and Directions HERE

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What only has three legs and one eye; likes to listen to country music; was quite tall, slim and smelt really, really bad? A stinky dinky, lanky, honky tonky, winky, wonky donkey of course!

Craig Smith is a well Known Children’s author and singer songwriter of the Award winning Wonky Donkey and he is heading back to UXBRIDGE  Armed with his guitar, a number of puppets and costumes, he is bringing his fun interactive show with his favourite characters. This show is not to be missed! (2-9 year old)

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Charlie Parker with Strings was an album by jazz musician Charlie Parker, released by Verve Records in January 1995.The sessions place Parker in the context of a small classical string section and a jazz rhythm section, rather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker's most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988.

Famed American alto-saxophonist Dick Oatts combines with a rhythm section, string quartet, two woodwind players under the musical direction of iconic kiwi jazz musician Rodger Fox will recreate this series of musical arrangements as well as adding new arrangements of “Parker's” Bebop era.

Guest Artist Dick Oatts is an international featured soloist best known as the lead alto player in the Thad Jones | Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra from the late 70s and still holds down that role in the present day incarnation the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Oatts has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan. Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for R&B artist, Luther Vandross and Everything but the Girl.

Hear swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of BeBop.

The Ensemble

Dick Oatts - Saxophone Guest Artist

The New Zealand String Quartet

Rodger Fox - Music Director / Conductor

Daniel Hayles - Piano

Rory Macartney - Bass

Lauren Ellis - Drums

Eilish Wilson - Baritone saxophone / Bass Clarinet/ Flute

Louisa Williamson – Tenor Saxophone / Flute / Clarinet

 

 

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Three of the country's finest musicians stomp and parp across a musical landscape of blues, roots, soul and jazz live on stage. You'll see sweat dripping from the furrowed foreheads of these musicians as they ring every last decibel from their trumpets, trombones, tubas, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones, cornets and pianos. Did we mention the vibraphone....? It's an exotic and atmospheric pitched percussion instrument usually found at the back of the orchestra or holding up a Henry Mancini film score. This show is a journey through what's possible with these unconventional instruments.

You may recognise Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson from Hopetoun Brown as the horn-section and founding members of local funk juggernaut Supergroove. They also play horns for Tami Neilson when she's in town, but they've been making waves with their unique duo up and down the nation, often with their key collaborator Finn Scholes in attendance. Scholes was hand-picked by Neil Finn for his recent tour to Australia and South East Asia and it's a measure of the musician that Neil chose Finn mainly for his outstanding skills on his second instrument, the piano. While Finn Scholes dazzles at the keyboard, it's his chops on the trumpet that leaves audiences with jaws agape. Just ask those who saw these three players perform at WOMAD or the recent Waiheke Jazz Festival. Grab your tickets now!

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The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and people will be staggered by what the Nukes are able to achieve with it. Great song-writing, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience. Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.

Luckily you won’t have to wait too long because the lads are coming back to UXBRIDGE!

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Get ready to take your seats for our fabulous Friday concerts. The best of our local youth talent is waiting in the wings, ready to knock your socks off. Wintry Friday lunchtimes will never be the same again. Let these promising young musicians inspire and delight you with classical, jazz and contemporary music plus everything in-between.

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It has been more than three years but we have listened and we are bringing our Big band night back for one evening of great music, the show will feature four High School Big Bands from Eastern suburbs: Edgewater, Howick, Pakuranga ad Sancta Maria Colleges. The bands will play a variety of popular jazz styles such as swing, Latin and funk as well as classic standards from Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The last time we pulled these schools together the tickets sold out within days, so don’t delay, get your tickets now!

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"Had the room roaring" - NZ Herald

Ever had an Uber driver who was a bit of a comedian? Well we've got a comedian who is a bit of an Uber driver. Take a ride with Tarun Mohanbhai and catch the stories from his passengers on the journey Tarun took to become a bona fide Uber driver. Request your tickets immediately!

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