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Sitting Ducks - Christopher Nolan's Dizzying 'Dunkirk'

Friday, 21 July 2017, 9:28 am | Howard Davis

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies. There have ... More >>

(Almost) A Family Affair - The Kuijken String Quartet

Monday, 17 July 2017, 9:05 am | Howard Davis

Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More >>

Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy of Dr. Faustus'

Monday, 26 June 2017, 11:04 am | Howard Davis

Director Devon Nuku has taken a risk by setting his abridged production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus in the 1920s, and casting a woman as the learned academic who makes a pact with the devil to gain twenty-four years of granted wishes. More >>

A Gothic Melodrama - ’My Cousin Rachel’

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:52 am | Howard Davis

A remake of the 1952 psychological melodrama (first adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1951 novel by Nunnally Johnson and starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton), this new version of My Cousin Rachel was written by director Roger Michell. Beautifully ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:23 am | Howard Davis

Dianne Reeves was born in 1956 in Detroit, but grew up in Denver among a naturally talented musical family ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:20 am | Howard Davis

Dianne Reeves was born in 1956 in Detroit, but grew up in Denver among a naturally talented musical family ... More >>

Buddy Rich Redivivus - Dave Weckl & Rodger Fox

Friday, 9 June 2017, 9:46 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. Somewhat misleadingly, Thursday night's headliners were ... More >>

Shape & Texture - Bill Frisell at Wellington Jazz Festival

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:39 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. This year, we're privileged to hear three more stellar ... More >>

Four Old Bach Favourites - Howard Davis Review

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 11:06 am | Howard Davis

As part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes Season, Masaaki Suzuki and the prestigious Juilliard415 ensemble performed superbly-executed renditions of four perennial crowd-pleasers - Bach's Orchestral Suite No 1 in C Major , the Concerto ... More >>

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 >>

Unpresidented?

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 >>

 

 

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