Kindred Spirits: Music of Benjamin Britten and Jack Body

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On 7 May 2017 Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed Jack Body‘s first composition for gamelan, ‘So Short the Life’ as part of a choral concert with Nota Bene chamber choir at Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on.

Jack Body (1944-2015) was a key figure in the introduction of gamelan music to New Zealand.

Kindred Spirits Concert 7 May 2017
Poster for the concert

Budi And Tristan In Sacred Heart Cathedral
Budi, Tristan and Pippa rehearse macapat

So Short The Life
page 1 of Jack’s original handwritten score

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New releases coming in 2017

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Coming soon in 2017… new projects on the go, available to pre-order.

The Electricka Zoo


The debut album from the Hutt Valley guitar/bass and live electronica duo – full of eclectic electric sonic surprises.

and

Other Islands: 2012-2017


Our third overview compilation* of album tracks and previously unreleased recordings – made in Okinawa, Indonesia, Western Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.

*see also Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005 and Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2013

Pre-order now and you’ll be automatically sent the download link to the full albums once these are released, along with bonus material not available for streaming.

Also coming in the near future, two new field-recording based albums made of sounds from Western Australia and Indonesia. We didn’t release an album in 2016, but that wasn’t for lack of ideas!

The Bolton and the Harris rose, Wellington NZ

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I was born in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.  My earliest NZ ancestors are my great great great grandparents Abraham and Sophia Harris, from Essex, England.  They arrived in Wellington in 1840 aboard the sailing ship Bolton.

Abraham Harris 1810-1874

Sophia Harris 1810-1888

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the Electricka Zoo on Access Radio this Saturday

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Electricka Zoo played live in the studio

on Terry’s Songwriters Show

It was broadcast on Saturday 15th of April – hear the podcast online.

The Digitator (left), DJ Terry Shore (middle), and Dave Black (right), April 2017

Terry’s Songwriters Show is a weekly programme hosted by Terry Shore – who is a singer/song-writer himself.

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Gamelan Padhang Moncar at the SE Asian Night Market 2017

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Sunday 2 April 2017

Gamelan Padhang Moncar braved wind and rain to perform twice at the night market on the Wellington Waterfront, near Te Papa.

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the Electricka Zoo, early 2017

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Next appearing at Fringe Bar in Wellington, Tuesday 28th March 2017, 8:45pm.  Free entry.

The Electricka Zoo are one of Wellington’s most intriguing new live bands, a bass/guitar and live electronica duo of Dave Black and the Digitator. They combine influences from EDM, punk rock, jazz, reggae, Balkan and Portuguese music into their own homegrown NZ sound.

Keep an eye and two ears out for their first album, coming soon.

In the meantime a vinyl-only 7″ single and collection of early (2015-2016) demos on Soundcloud are available.

2016 roundup

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2016 has been another busy year here, with several new projects that should come to fruition in 2017.

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