New Zealand Fringe Festival

Friday 16th March @ Leroy’s

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Friday 16 March, 8:00pm, free entry, @ Leroy’s Bar, 2 Plimmer Steps

New Zealand Fringe Festival:

The Electricka Zoo are one of Wellington’s most intriguing new live bands – a duo of live electronica duo by the Digitator, and Dave Black on guitar & bass. We combine diverse influences from EDM to postpunk avant-garde rock, jazz, reggae, Balkan and Portuguese music into our own homegrown NZ sound. For this performance we’ll be introducing live video imagery that can respond dynamically in real time to the music.

Grumblewood are a quartet of merry minstrels from Wellington, New Zealand. Influenced by the progressive and folk rock giants of the 70s, their music integrates elements of baroque, jazz, and traditional folk music into a vintage rock setting. Their songs are highly original, dynamic, and complex; with lyrical storytelling and instrumentation not commonly employed by contemporary musicians, such as flute, mandolin, and banjo.

mr sterile Assembly is a dynamic and assertive two-piece of drums, bass and vocals. Increasingly described as ‘Outsider Punk’, the Assembly has continually cleaved its own path, crafting a distinct south pacific sound. The current line-up is a tightly focused, fast-paced performance orientated unit. The driving bass plays over frenetic and often complex rhythms, creating an unnerving and unexpected foundation for rich vocal play. The unique storytelling for which mr sterile Assembly is renowned sits at that heart of every composition.

Battle for Endor are a 3 piece alt rock band who sound like a 6 piece. They bring new elements to the hard rock genre like multi-instrumentalism, and live use of looping devices, looping guitar, keyboards and even overlapping vocal lines to great wide soundscapes that aren’t usually encountered alongside melodic hooks and catchy rhythms. Executing these soundscapes while keeping things tight and engaging for the audience is an exciting challenge in a live context.


Gigs in March 2018

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We have not one but four gigs coming up – in Wellington and Wairarapa in March!


Pyramid Club, 9 March 2018

Friday 9th March:

The Electricka Zoo

with Vince Cabrera, Fredd the Shaman, and Muscleman

@ Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street, Wellington, 8:30pm


Saturday 10th March:

The Electricka Zoo

@ Esc Velocity, 74 Fox Street, Featherston, 8:30pm


Friday 16th March:

The Electricka Zoo

with Battle For Endor, mr sterile Assembly, and Grumblewood

@ 2 Plimmer Steps, Wellington, 8:00pm


Saturday 24th March:

Gamelan Padhang Moncar

@ Cubadupa Festival, Cuba Street, Wellington, 8:00pm


Watch this space, more details soon…

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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Three gigs in early March!

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I’m playing not one but three gigs, in three different genres, in Wellington in the first week of March – all free or koha entry.

First up there’s the international multimedia epic East to West

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on Thursday 3rd of March at Photospace Gallery, Wellington.

This will be followed by the first ever gig of The Electricka Zoo  IMG_20160102_154834

on Saturday 5th of March, 7:30pm at the Performance Arcade, Wellington


and then by Gamelan Padhang Moncar GPM-KBRI-photo-500x333

on Sunday 6th of March, 10:00am at the Newtown Fair, Wellington.


If you’re in Wellington please come to some or all of these!  I look forward to seeing you there… a special prize for anyone who makes it to all three…

Ascension Band 2005

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“With elements of punk, post-punk, jazz, classical, straight rock, opera and music hall, the Ascension Band are that rare thing: Something Wholly Other. They retain avant garde cred and still manage to rock harder than AC/DC.” – 

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by organist/conductor/arranger Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds, The Manta Rays, Fly My Pretties), guitarist & organiser Dave Edwards (fiffdimension, The Winter), and over a dozen musicians on guitars, basses, drums, electronics, keyboards, trumpets and vocals, was the seed that grew into a full scale electric symphony: Evolution.

“The 50-minute piece of music, broken down into six movements, was performed live over a few nights for the Fringe Festival in 2005; the group taking out the Best Music Award. 

“It was stunning. Discordant guitars were choked, drums clattered and crashed, voices mingled with percussion and keyboards – but this form of free-improvisation had a structure to it. It had movement, it had a plan. It was a great beast of a song that writhed and wriggled and often managed to run downhill, away from the players – in the best possible way. 

“Here, the show has been recorded onto a CD for posterity – and it begs discovery. It’s an intense listen – but that’s to be expected from a group of players who took their name from one of John Coltrane’s toughest listening albums.” – Simon Sweetman

Dave Edwards – electric guitar & electronics
Nigel Patterson – hammond organ & conductor
Will Rattray – electric guitar
Bell Murphy – bass
Warwick Donald – bass
Murray Stewart – keyboards
Damian ‘Frey’ Stewart – laptop
Ryan Prebble – tone generator
Sam Jenks – trumpet
Felicity Perry – vocal
Atushi Iseki – vocal
Matt Baxter – drums
Greta Welson – drums
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Fringe Festival 2016: East to West

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Here’s my first major project for 2016, as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival:

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The show is a big OE epic of video & music from the Tasman to the Atlantic, a decade in the making.

It takes the audience on a journey half way around the world from New Zealand, across Australia, via a dozen countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Albania, Portugal and more.

l’ll play a live soundtrack myself as a solo performance, to evoke each country… it’ll be a culmination of the travelling and field recording /world music direction I’ve taken over the past decade.

So far it’s screened in New Zealand Fringe Festival and also at the Southland Arts Festival in Invercargill.

My 2005 Fringe show Ascension Band won best music award.  So did the 2006 Lines of Flight show in Dunedin that I was part of.