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Kathryn Stott & the New Zealand String Quartet

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:49 am | Howard Davis

Known mainly for her interpretations of the French piano repertoire, pianist Kathryn Stott treated her audience to a virtuoso performance tinted with evanescent colours and a shimmering, elusive luminosity at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. Accompanied ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Monday, 24 April 2017, 5:18 pm | Howard Davis

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More >>

Never Too Old to Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:26 am | Howard Davis

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony , in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big ... More >>

Review: The Contemporary Relevance of Denial

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:16 am | Howard Davis

Directed by Mick Jackson, from a screenplay by David Hare, based on Deborah Lipstadt's History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier , Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. More >>

Colin McCahon's 'On Going Out with the Tide' - Howard Davis

Monday, 10 April 2017, 11:43 am | Howard Davis

Now that the egregious excrescence of Cindy Sherman's cos-play has finally gone the way of all flesh, Wellington's City Gallery has mounted a extensive retrospective of Colin McCahon's work from the 1960s and 1970s. Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert ... More >>

Rodger Fox Gets Out the Funk - Howard Davis

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 4:38 pm | Howard Davis

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, ... More >>


Monday, 27 March 2017, 1:20 pm | Howard Davis

The ascendancy of Donald Trump is not a new phenomenon. Populist demagogues have made sporadic and minatory appearances throughout history. The following is a highly random assortment of observations that demonstrate his appeal is by no means unprecedented. ... More >>

Review: The Baroque Fusion of L'arpeggiata

Monday, 20 March 2017, 1:26 pm | Howard Davis

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. ... More >>

Review: Dick Frizzell at the Solander Gallery

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:34 pm | Howard Davis

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content ... More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt II

Monday, 13 February 2017, 9:13 am | Howard Davis

Particle physics have identified the cosmos as we perceive it in terms of time and space, rhythmic patterns of light and sound or oscillating waves that vibrate at certain frequencies which Eastern mystics called the dance of Shiva. More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt I

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:34 am | Howard Davis

Several readers have recently inquired about the significance of the image that accompanies my by-line. While the man-bun is long gone, I still incorporate the sound of the gong in my Kundalini Yoga classes. More >>

Review: Te Rakau's 'The Undertow'

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:08 pm | Howard Davis

Written by Helen Pearse-Otene and produced by Jim Moriarty's Te Rakau Theatre, 'The Undertow' presents four dramatic episodes depicting the lives and loves of ordinary people from Wellington as they endure a series of historical hardships. Pivotal moments ... More >>

Album of the Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

Friday, 16 December 2016, 3:42 pm | Howard Davis

2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently ... More >>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores for 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Monday, 28 November 2016, 9:52 am | Howard Davis

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra reached out beyond their classical repertoire on Saturday night. Their adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred ... More >>

Review: The Cosmic Dance of 'String Theory'

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 9:46 am | Howard Davis

Fly My Pretties sixth album is quite possibly their best yet - a concept album in the best sense, with superb arrangements, funky grooves, and some great vocalizing, all organized around the lyrical leitmotif of string theory. The initial inspiration ... More >>

Review: 'I, Daniel Blake' - Ken Loach's Bleak Masterpiece

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 11:15 am | Howard Davis

'I, Daniel Blake' is a bleak masterpiece, a chilling and moving story of two people striking up an unlikely friendship under extremely adverse circumstances. It is both a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of ... More >>

Review: New Albums by Bic Runga & Anna Coddington

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:52 am | Howard Davis

What is it about the New Zealand climate that continuously produces such beautiful vocalists? From the superstardom of Kiri Te Kanawa and Lorde, to the more modest homespun musings of Mel Parsons and Moana Ete, extraordinary female singer/songwriters ... More >>

Review: A Girl Named Mo

Monday, 17 October 2016, 11:11 am | Howard Davis

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records ... More >>

Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Monday, 19 September 2016, 4:27 pm | Howard Davis

'Jean Michel Massing, Towards a Global Art History,' co-edited by Mark Stocker, Curator of Historical International Art at Te Papa, is obviously a labour of love, handsomely produced with over 100 illustrations. It is a Festschrift to honour Massing's retirement ... More >>

Review: Henry Rollins Burning Down the House

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:44 pm | Howard Davis

With his lantern jaw, close-cropped hair, and muscle-bound physique, Henry Rollins could not be further from the US Marine image his appearance might suggest. With a career spanning several decades and many different incarnations as a musician, ... More >>



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