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    Interviews: Jhan Lindsay

    04.02.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Jhan 139 #1 copy We caught up recently with Jhan Lindsay, a Wellington based musician, composer, teacher and Independent Marriage Celebrant. Jhan has studied Jazz at NZSM and is a registered teacher who has taught for a number of years in Wellington schools. She is currently working on her second album which will be released at the end of 2016, while teaching voice and music in schools in Wellington and Wairarapa. As an Independent Marriage Celebrant Jhan has written and performed a multitude of diverse marriage services throughout Aotearoa.

    You released Jhan Lindsay and the Chattelaines late last year, with the help of many musicians and collaborators. What kind of process do you like for writing songs and creating music ?
    I have no constant method of composing. I write the lyrics on scrap pieces of paper, or in blank diary pages, coasters or in notebooks. I collect them up and then revisit them and reread them and find a melodic line that fits and suits the text. Just by jamming, playing through chord sequences on the piano or guitar I find a progression that I like the sound of and then challenge myself to put a melodic line to it. I adore writing for strings. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to write and have recorded with a string section on the album. Those sounds have been sitting inside my head for a long time and it is a great sense of completion to have them recorded.

    You explore many different types of music – ‘Call me to your side’ has a rousing chorus and uplifting pop/jazz feel, ‘Emerald’ seems more classical in its feel and delivery and other songs are stripped back and warm – what’s your approach to arranging a song, and bringing out the best in your music? (Which I think you’ve done!)
    My music doesn’t fit into a set genre. My musical inspirations and ideas have no regiment when it comes to a specific style, so on the album you will hear a plethora of styles and moods. With such an amazing line-up of musicians the possibilities are endless in creating and manifesting different sounding tunes. Having such a huge and diverse pool of instrumentalists supporting the project has meant that we can fuse and alter, strip back and swell the songs in different ways. That is the concept of the Chattelaines. The musicians being the different items/instruments with a different purpose/sound within the band and album. I am so lucky, fortunate and elated to have everyone as a part of the album.

    ‘Call Me To Your Side’ – I composed this song for friends who have been ill particularly with cancer in recent years. The chorus of female voices support the message of collective care and unity. ‘Emerald’ – the first singer songwriter song that I wrote – winter of 1999 at 166 Aro Street. My first Wellington winter inspired ‘Now that summer’s gone, I’m left to weep with winter, now that summer’s kiss of warmth has disappeared I ‘ll sleep the endless summer dream’ – the emerald glow being the budding leave on the branches returning to deciduous trees. The strings have been inspired by the sound achieved by a live recording of Portishead with the NY Philharmonic from memory. I like the dark tense elements that the strings delivered to the songs. The string lines have been sketches in my mind and on paper for the past 17 years.

    It looks like you’ve been very, very busy over the last year from your web page gig listings – how do you balance teaching and recording music, playing live and everything else life has to offer?
    HA! I like to be busy and I like to travel. I organise my time as best I can to do as much in a day as I can and still leave time for rest and couch dwelling. It is important to stop, rest and sleep. I try to set aside one day a week for rest if I can. I am never one to turn down an opportunity and I do my best to try new experiences performing or teaching.

    I’ve seen you play guitar, ukulele, mandolin – I think we can gladly call you a multi-instrumentalist! What other instruments can you play and do you have a preferred instrument?
    No go on the Mandolin – not me, that is Mike Hogan on the album. His compositions are amazing – do you have his CD in the catalogue? Dark To Light – Mike Hogan, compositions performed by Christopher Hill. (Ed. Just purchased for the collection). Guitar, piano and Uke yes. I studied Saxophone and Voice at what is now NZSM and have a BMus in Jazz Performance. Favourite instrument that I play is the piano. Favourite instrument in the world is Double Bass, followed closely by a Kora.

    Thanks for the interview Jhan. New release in late 2016 sounds fantastic but what are your future musical plans?
    Thank you for the interview too! Awesome opportunity and I am super stoked to be asked to be a part of it! The second album is underway. I plan to record an album this year and 2017. Similar vein as ‘Jhan Lindsay and The Chattelaines’ but slightly different, we will all just have to wait to hear… Touring original music – See website for dates and places, more TBC. Singing jazz – Solo gigs singing jazz standards and ballads and I have a trio and quartet that play around the capital and I hope to keep doing that this year – Feb 13th at The Southern Cross…..Teaching – I have a stunning group of young singers in the Wairarapa that I am currently teaching and I look forward to a year ahead with them.

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    New library ‘Wellington’ music releases on CD

    05.02.15 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every two months we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection.

    Eb and SparrowEb & Sparrow by Eb & Sparrow

    Eb & Sparrow are a well-travelled and regarded five piece band from Wellington who have supported fellow NZ alt-country icons Taimi Nelson, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams. Soulful, multi-genre and seriously accomplished.

    Check out this Youtube video of their release, ‘In the harbour,’:


    Small and common placeSmall and common place by My Chameleon

    We love when customers and/or staff members suggest titles for us to include in our collection, and that’s how we found out about this small gem of an EP. Lauryn from Karori library suggested we order it and when (kindly) questioned further, she even wrote us a quick review! ‘A charming, heartfelt collection that contemplates the simple things in life. The song writing is full of sincerity and the melodies are summery and cheerful, with moments of sober reflection.’


    Be mine tonightBe mine tonight by the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra

    It wouldn’t be a complete summer without a release by the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra. This time around they’ve paid tribute to locally loved and revered songs like Wake up, Counting the Beat and the Dudes, Be mine tonight. Radio New Zealand interviewed Wellington’s very own orchestra of the ukulele in the podcast below on the recording of the album, aired on the 1st of November 2014:

    And more choice recent Wellington releases:

    Fazerdaze   Gold medal famous album Bunnies on ponies






    Fazerdaze                                        Album of national significance        Heat death of the universe

    by Fazerdaze                                        by Gold Medal Famous                  by Bunnies on ponies


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    Wellington, Rattle and roll

    08.12.14 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Though based in Auckland, the prolific Rattle records label has an inspired roster of Jazz and Classical artists with Wellington connections. More recently,  Simon Sweetman posted an article on Stuff, called the ‘The Brilliance of Rattle,’ an affectionate tribute to Rattle’s music of the year, but also Wellington-connected artists and recent works by Jonathan Crayford, The Jac and former Muttonbird guitarist and composer David Long.

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    Here’s a quick extract showing Simon’s genuine and unabashed enthusiasm for all things Rattle following an earlier article on Henry Wong Doe’s Landscape Preludes:

    But I realised that just posting about that album doesn’t do Rattle justice. Not when this year they’ve also released the new album from Jonathan Crayford, a masterpiece, his finest work I believe. And that’s saying something given the breadth of Crayford’s talent. There have been local jazz releases from Dog and The Jac (worth hearing) and a new one from Hipflask (I’m yet to review that, but on first listen it’s another great addition to the Rattle imprint). And then late last year there were the soundtracks to White Lies from John Psathas and the Ed Hillary doc by David long (one of my favourite albums from last year). This is music that lasts – that exists irrelevant of trends, due to the passion and talent of the people on the disc and those working behind the scenes (at Rattle).

    Check out the links above in Simon’s excellent article for CD copies of the titles in our music collection or click here for most of the Rattle titles in our collection. To access most of Rattle’s music catalogue for free just go to our streaming music website Alexander Music Online , log in with card number and surname and enjoy!