Javanese shadow puppets, Korean traditional musicians, a Brazilian accordion virtuoso duo, a tribute to Hirini Melbourne by well-known Maori musicians and a Wellington “supergroup” have been added to the line-up for WOMAD New Zealand 2012.
Five new acts have been announced for WOMAD New Zealand 2012 which takes place at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands from 16-18 March.
Artistic director Drew James says these new acts add to the diverse range of music and performance for the three-day festival, with 20 countries now represented.
From Brazil comes accordion virtuoso duo Toninho Ferragutti and Bebê Kramer; TORI Ensemble features Korean traditional musicians, while the beauty of Javanese shadow puppetry comes to life in Wayang Kulit with Gamelan Padhang Moncar. A collaboration of Maori musicians, He Rangi Paihuarere will perform a special tribute to acclaimed Maori composer Hirini Melbourne and Wellington ‘supergroup’ Shogun Orchestra also join the line-up.
Brazilian culture and popular music is inexorably tied to the accordion and virtuoso players Alessandro ‘Bebê’ Kramer and Toninho Ferragutti present a comprehensive picture of where the accordion sits in Brazilian music today – from folk traditions through feisty gypsy festivities to orchestral performance, driving distinctive Brazilian rhythms, waltzes, ballads and polkas.
TORI Ensemble features Korean traditional artists which uses local styles (tori) of traditional music focusing on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music.
Wayang Kulit with Gamelan Padhang Moncar brings together traditional Javanese shadow puppetry presented by eighth generation Javanese puppeteer Joko Susilo of Dunedin with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, a Wellington-based Javanese gamelan ensemble. It features exquisitely carved leather shadow puppets to tell tales from one of the traditional Indian epics, the Mahabharata or the Ramayana, with local references and jokes that make the shows relevant and topical.
He Rangi Paihurarere is a collaboration of well-known and emerging Maori musicians who perform a tribute to acclaimed composer Hirini Melbourne. Dr Melbourne is credited with the revival of taonga puoro. Each artist interprets his work in different ways from soul to jazz, hip hop to traditional performance. Artists involved in the project include Ngatapa Black, Tama Waipara, Ria Hall, Katera Maihi, Maytreya, Mel Davis, Majik Paora, Warren Maxwell, and taonga puoro composer Horomona Horo.
Shogun Orchestra was created by Wellington-born saxophonist and composer Lucien Johnson and is a “supergroup” of Wellington musicians featuring Joe Lindsay (trombone) and Toby Laing (trumpet) Fat Freddy’s Drop; Chris Yeabsley (organ), his brother Dan (alto sax) and Paul Hoskin on drums from Twinset and The Eggs; Justin “Firefly” Clarke on guitar, and Mexican import Adan Tijerina on congas.
The five new acts join a line-up of musicians and performers from 18 other countries as diverse as Palestine, China, Japan, Ivory Coast, France, Romania, Ireland, Australia, Burundi and Senegal.
As well as 30 hours of music on the seven stages, WOMAD New Zealand 2012 features artists in conversation, Taste the World – this year hosted by Masterchef runner-up Jax, artist workshops, a global village, sustainable village, Kidzone and the option to camp at the adjacent racecourse. Seniors have special viewing platforms at the three main stages with seating, shade and free water sponsored by TSB Bank.
WOMAD is an international festival created by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman in 1982. Since then 21 countries have hosted the festival and entertained millions of festival goers.