NZ Music Month

NZ Music Month

It’s that time of year again, and if you haven’t seen any live music so far this month, there is still plenty of opportunity with performances on at a variety of venues across the city every night for the rest of the month.

For anyone out there with musical talent you might want to try your hand at the “Pavlova Song” Challenge with Classic Hits.  Inspired by Kiwi painter Dick Frizzell’s iconic pavlova recipe painting, Classic Hits host, and bestselling author of ‘Kiwi Speak’ Justin Brown, figured the best way to celebrate New Zealand Music Month would be to find an iconic Kiwi artist to put the pavlova recipe into a song.  Up for grabs is $5,000 cash but you only have until 5:00pm Friday 18 May.

Need help getting started writing that song?  Check out our selection of song writing resources starting with Song Writing for Dummies.

For some classic kiwi inspiration you can’t go past Tally Ho!  Flying Nun’s Greatest Hits – available from the Library.

And for anyone who is new to NZ Music Month get up to speed by clicking this link.

Enjoy NZ Music Month and get out there and support our local musicians.

CPIT Library loses the shoosh! (temporarily)

Live Music in the CPIT Library (to celebrate NZ Music Month) went ahead as planned and was a great success.  All perfomances were by students from CPIT’s Bachelor of Musical Arts programme.

First up was Tara Walsh on vocals, Alice Steele on vocals & trumpet  and Michael Koefman on guitar.  They performed a number of covers including Calfornia Dreamin by the Mamas and Papas and a very nice version of Fat Freddy Drop’s “Wandering Eye”.

Spring featuring Alice-Louise Barker on vocals and Brooke Abbott on keyboards were meant to play next but they had a technical hitch involving the keyboard that no amount of duct tape could fix.  Instead we had a spontaneous ensemble of Alice-Louise Barker on vocals, Alice Steele on trumpet and Harry Knight on guitar (seen perfoming below on a clip we have posted to You Tube).  Harry had only come to watch but was prepared to play .  This just goes to show how versatile and talented CPIT’s Jazz School students really are.

A huge thanks also needs to be extended to Marcus from the CPSA who missed his lunch to help us out at the last moment, and for the loan of the gear, and for setting it up, and for twiddling the nobs.  Thanks also to Lindsay (our man in AV) for his support and for Cameron Pearce from the CPIT Jazz School for giving us access to his students.  Cheers to Visions On Campus Restaurant for the coffee vouchers and the CPIT Marketing team for the T-Shirts. 

More clips of the event will be posted on You Tube soon.

Live Music in the CPIT library Friday 28th May

The mark the end of New Zealand Month there will be live music in the CPIT Library on Friday 28th of May from 12.00 until 1.00.  Both groups feature year 1 students from CPIT’s Bachelor of Musical Arts  programme.  At 12 noon  Alice Steele is singing accompanied by accoustic guitar.  Spring at 12.30 features Brooke Abbott on keyboard and Alice-Louise Barker on vocals. 

So come and join us for (just a little) bit of noise in the library.

Other events on campus for the last week of New Zealand Music Month includes more excellent local  music at the CPSA building  with Invadortron on Tuesday 25th, Dubsteppers Sick Cycle on the 26th and Drift on the 27th (all at 12 noon).  Off campus there is more music provided by Christchurch City Libraries, and there is Chartfest on the 28th.