RATTLE SHOWCASE 1 | Sunday February 25
Headed by guitar virtuoso Nigel Gavin, Gitbox were a sensation in the art-music world back in the early 90s when the release their two albums PESKY DIGITS and TOUCH WOOD on Rattle Records. Catching the imagination of music-lovers, Nigel and his nine-piece band of finger pickin’ acoustic guitarists performed to packed houses nationwide with the highly engaging brand of musical exuberance. 25 years on, the group returns with a set of new material and old favourites.
THE GRISTLE OF KNUCKLES, 7:30pm (album launch)
Eve de Castro-Robinson is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected composers and music educators. For this album she invited some of her favourite performers to interpret a piece of their choice in whatever way they wished. The results were thrilling, with musicians as diverse as Ashely Brown, Mere Boynton, Don McGlashan, Delaney Davidson, Nathan Haines, and Callum Passells delivering suitably idiosyncratic, wonderfully engaging pieces of music.
The Plastic Orgasim | Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd March 8pm
Presented as part of Auckland Fringe festival from 20th February – 4th March 2018.
For the full programme visit www.aucklandfringe.co.nz
The Plastic Orgasm is a feminist live art performance event created by acclaimed theatre makers Julia Croft and Virginia Frankovich and performed by a large cast of badly behaved women.
The Plastic Orgasm is a feminist pleasure party and unruly response to the murky and contradictory world of pornography and pornographic representations of female bodies, sexuality and pleasure. This is an attempt at wildly and wantonly reclaiming and re-authoring these representations. Pushing the limits of a good taste and a good time, The Plastic Orgasm is the search for the happy ending you never knew you always wanted and a full noise smashing together of bad taste techno, cocktail sausages and everyones life long dream to bath in cask red wine.
RATTLE SHOWCASE 2 | Sunday March 4
PONGURU, 5pm (album launch)
“Ponguru” means ‘sonorous, resonant, and deep-toned’, and this album featuring Phil Boniface’s rich double bass and Al Fraser’s vast array of magical taonga puoro lives up to its title, and then some. It’s a fantastic musical journey, an exploration of timbre, space, melody, and a shared musical language from two seemingly disparate cultural landscapes. Evocative and deeply affecting, this is music for the head and the heart.
THE CHRIS MASON-BATTLEY GROUP, 7:30pm
This improvising ensemble of saxophone, piano, bass and drums have an entirely unique approach to music creation. On their 2006 album Two Tides they collaborated with taonga puoro maestro Richard Nunns to produce a very successful and harmonious marriage between European and Ancient musical forms, and on their 2015 album Dialogos they tackled the complex world of New Zealand classical composer John Psathas. The album is a triumph, with Psathas calling it a “revelation” that isn’t mere arranging or adapting, but a continuation of the composition process — ensemble interaction at it’s richest and most rewarding.