Press Release – Arts on Tour New Zealand
Between them, Mundi’s musicians have travelled through almost every continent on the globe. Inspired by the music of North Africa, the Amazon Basin and beyond, the group’s aim is to use these experiences to create their own unique global sound.Mundi – Music from the world stage – national tour 1-19 February 2012
Between them, Mundi’s musicians have travelled through almost every continent on the globe. Inspired by the music of North Africa, the Amazon Basin and beyond, the group’s aim is to use these experiences to create their own unique global sound.
Virtuoso flautist and composer Tamara Smith leads the group, and is supported by master musicians on sax, banjo, bass and world percussion, as well as voice.
Mundi’s debut album, Serendipity was recorded in collaboration with traditional Sri Lankan artists and resulted in a TV special devoted to them. The group’s music has featured on the Air New Zealand play list, on Australia’s ABC network, and showcased on Radio NZ Concert’s ‘Global Sounds’.
Audiences will have the opportunity to experience Mundi on their Arts On Tour NZ national tour beginning in Reefton on 1 February and finishing in the Hokianga on 19 February. (See full itinerary below.)
“…Fresh…funky. Intricate, multi-layered works… dynamic solos” – Christchurch Press
In the Blink of an Eye
Tamara Smith – Flutes / percussion. Inspired by her travels, Christchurch based Tamara blends her love of the flute with different genres to create her own original sound. She has performed and recorded with The Nomad, Departure Lounge, P-Bass Expressway, Trillion, Solaa, Electric Wire Hustle and Fiona Pears.
Tyson Smith – Guitar / banjo. A founding member of Mundi and brother to Tamara, Wellington based Tyson has recently completed his own album There’s Nothing you Can’t Pretend. He is presently guitarist for Hollie Smith.
Chris Burke – Tenor sax / percussion. While living in Sydney, Chris became involved in Australia’s leading avant-garde music festivals, The Now Now. Since returning to New Zealand in 2003, Chris has lent his talent to artists such as Dave Dobbyn, P-Bass Expressway, Departure Lounge, The Oscillators and Tongue N Groove.
Dougal Canard – Bass. A multi instrumentalist, Dougal has performed with a variety of ensembles around New Zealand and spent five years performing on cruise ships through the Caribbean, the Alaskas and Europe. As well as bass, he plays piano and trumpet and currently also works as a teacher and arranger in Christchurch.
Douglas Brush – Percussion. Hailing from Chicago, Doug received classical percussion training at the American Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University. In addition to a formal music education, he has studied with percussion masters in Cuba, Spain, India, North and West Africa and other locales.
Wednesday 1 February, 8pm – Reefton
Reefton Working Men’s Club, Bridge St
Adults $10, Students $5 Family $20
Book: 03 732 8542
Thursday 2 February, 7.30pm – Okarito
$25 Book: Debbie 03 753 4017 Edwina 03 753 0414
Friday 3 February, 7.30pm – Alexandra
Adults $20, Children and students $10
Book: Alexandra Information Centre
Saturday 4 February, 7.30pm – Roxburgh
Town Hall $20 Door sales
Sunday 5 February Stewart Island
Tuesday 7 February, 7.30pm – Riverton
Community Arts Centre
$20 member, $25 non member
Book: Riverton Community Arts Centre
Wednesday 8 February, 7.30pm – Mosgiel
Fire Station Theatre, 3 Cargill St
$20 Book: Paper Plus 03 489 3048
Thursday 9 February, 7.30pm – Waimate
$25 Book: Westside Gifts and Information Centre
Friday 10 February, 7.30pm – Geraldine
Adults $15, Students $12, under 12’s free
Book: Tresjoli 03 693 9339, door sales $20
Saturday 11 February, 7.30pm – Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
$25 each, $20 each for 2 or 3, $15 each for 4 or more
Book: Ashburton Trust Event Centre Box Office
Tuesday 14 February, 7.30pm – Gisborne
Bushmere Estate Winery
$24 book at Stephens Photoplus
Wednesday 15 February, 7.30pm – Whakatane
Book: ‘The Good life’ the Strand
Thursday 16 February, 6.15pm – Coromandel
Doors open 5pm
The Mussel Kitchen, Corner SH 25/309 Rd.
$25 Concession $20 under 15 free
Book: Coromandel I-site
Friday 17 February, 7.30pm – Putaruru
The Plaza Theatre
General admission $16
Book: The Plaza Box Office,
Putaruru, Tokoroa and Tirau Information Centres,
Fraser’s Book shop, TAKE NOTE Matamata
Also available online with EVENTFINDER
Saturday 18 February, 7.30pm – Kerikeri
Downstairs at Turner Centre
Adults $25, Seniors/unwaged $20
Children (U18) $5
Book: Turner centre 09 407 0260, 0800 200 411
Sunday 19 February, 7.30pm – Omapere
$15 at door
Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.