Top 10 albums in 2021*

by Dave Edwards (aka Dave Black) and collaborators, (*as picked by casual streaming listeners, based on % of tracks played in full minus % of tracks skipped... not necessarily the ones I would have picked - there's little or no correlation between the "important" works and the parts other people like!). #1 After the Filmshoot … Continue reading Top 10 albums in 2021*

Gar mar par da nee sa

the opening track from Ruasagavulu by Dave Black & Snake-Beings recorded in Suva, Fiji, 2nd November 2019 This short warmup improv is based on an Indian scale, inspired by Dr Emit Snake-Beings' travels to Kerala in India, and harmonium lessons in Suva. There's an Indian influence throughout the album, as several sections are based on … Continue reading Gar mar par da nee sa

First Time Around: South Korea

Before there was 'Gangnam Style' there was - field recordings, electro-acoustic ethnography, Asian industrial soundscapes by kiwis in South Korea, 2007-2008 Credits released July 1, 2008 Dave Black – field recordings, laptop, gayageum, loops, bass, acoustic guitar, vocal Cylvi M – tangso, shakuhachi, shaker, vocal Further listening First Time Around: East Asia … Continue reading First Time Around: South Korea


Live 4th May 2019 at Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon - Banjo rendition of a Korean folk tune 아리랑 ("Arirang").  The banjo is not typically found in Korean music - this would normally be played on a gayageum. I first learned 아리랑 in 2007, while living (employed teaching English) in South Korea. Here's a … Continue reading 아리랑


2012 part of Other Islands: 2012-2018 - a compilation of recent highlights, recorded in New Zealand, Western Australia, Fiji, Indonesia and Okinawa In 2012 I was home in New Zealand for a total of seven days, in July/August. Oherwise it was very much a year of two halves. Until the end of June I lived in … Continue reading 2012

Wayang for Cirebon – 30 June 2018

Saturday 30 June 2018 in the Adam Concert Room (NZSM, Victoria University of Wellington). $30/adult - all proceeds go to Cirebon This show is a repeat of our recent successful show at CubaDupa. This fund-raising event was sparked by a tragedy in Cirebon, Indonesia, in April this year when a wall adjacent to the rehearsal space collapsed … Continue reading Wayang for Cirebon – 30 June 2018

Other Islands: 2012-2018

fiffdimension vol3 (see also Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005 and Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012) brings us into the current decade - with further wide-ranging experimentation and exploration sonically, temporally and geographically, in New Zealand, Western Australia, Indonesia, Okinawa (Japan), and Fiji. by Dave Black (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, laptop, bass, tenor saxophone, field recordings, piano, ukulele, sanshin, saron, … Continue reading Other Islands: 2012-2018

Forged in Fire: the Sound of Heaven

Thursday 19 October 2017, 7pm Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Kelburn, Wellington Featuring gamelan ensembles led by Budi S Putra: Students of PERF250 Gamelan Padhang Moncar with special guests: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (Balinese) Ngripto Raras (Indonesian Group)   Also, Gamelan Padhang Moncar are recording a new album - watch this space!

Gamelan Padhang Moncar at the SE Asian Night Market 2017

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. This year we invited audience members to come up on stage and have a go on the instruments briefly as well. We finished with a brief collaboration with musicians from … Continue reading Gamelan Padhang Moncar at the SE Asian Night Market 2017

Indonesia Festival at Te Papa

Two audience videos at the Indonesia Festival at Te Papa national museum in Wellington, NZ: Gamelan music, in styles from Bali by Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and central Java by Gamelan Padhang Moncar.   Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Te Marae, Level 4 Sunday 23 October 2016, 10am-5pm This was a full day of … Continue reading Indonesia Festival at Te Papa