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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 >>

Review: Steve Abel's Double Salto

Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:23 am | Howard Davis

Steve Abel's first musical venture was a bleak song called 'Hospice for Destitute Lovers,' which he contributed to Florian Habicht's art-noir feature film 'Woodenhead' in 2003, while his debut album had the equally inauspicious title 'Little Death.' ... More >>

Review: Phat Slabs & Funky Chunks - Fly My Pretties

Thursday, 18 August 2016, 1:35 pm | Howard Davis

Fly My Pretties is a collaboration of contemporary Aotearoa musicians who assemble periodically to record live albums in various locations, their diverse musical backgrounds consistently supplying an eclectic and unique blend of song stylings. The brainchild ... More >>

Orson Welles' Masterpiece - 'Chimes at Midnight'

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:01 pm | Howard Davis

I wish today could be tomorrow, The night is dark, It just brings sorrow anyway. - 'Days,' The Kinks. More >>

La Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo in Her Own Words And Photographs

Friday, 1 July 2016, 11:23 am | Howard Davis

Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, the daughter of a German photographer and a Mexican mother, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her life began and ended in in her home at Coyocan, known as 'La Casa Azul,' ... More >>

Firmly in the Spotlight - Lisa Fischer

Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:57 am | Howard Davis

Lisa Fischer is rightly celebrated for her far-reaching vocal range and remarkable grace as a hugely accomplished session singer. From recording with Billy Ocean, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Alicia Keys, Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Diana ... More >>

Mr. Weird - Wayne Shorter at the Wellington Jazz Festival

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 2:09 pm | Howard Davis

Year after year, the Wellington Jazz Festival attracts jazz luminaries from around the globe. Last year, we were treated to the mellifluous duets of Chick Corea and Gary Burton on piano and vibraphone. This year, the opening night headliner at the ... More >>

Securing NZ's Political Memory: Scoop As A Digital Archive

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:45 pm | Howard Davis

As a callow undergraduate studying English Literature at Cambridge University in the 1970s, it was made abundantly clear to me that print was a dying medium. Original texts are constantly being lost and found as manuscripts and books disintegrate and ... More >>



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