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    Richard Nunns releases a new album

    22.07.15 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    The Pyramid Club has been the host for Richard Nunns latest release on Rattle on Thursday last week. Joining forces with Mark Lockett (percussion) and Jeff Henderson (production), Redaction offers the improvised sounds of drums and taonga puoro, resulting in an unequivocally spontaneous and playful soundscape which invites us to travel within, while lifting our spirits into remote corners of the heart of Aotearoa. The music has been matched by photographer Veronica Hodgkinson, creating a consistent transition between sound and vision. Due to health complications, Richard Nunns could not be part of the party, but his presence was there via the tracks that were played straight from the CD, as well as from the energy offered by the live set that both Lockett and Henderson performed.

    Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005, Nunns rarely appears on public these days, though he has been utilizing music as a healing therapy, and is keeping himself busy collaborating and playing as much as his body and energy allows him to. Redaction gives us a chance to hear him speak intimately.

    Listen to it/buy it here. Also, check his material at the Library

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    Richard Nunns in 2011, playing a hue puruhau, a traditional Māori musical instrument made from a hollowed gourd

    Cover sourced from Rattle. Used with permission.
    Photo from Wikipedia under the creative commons license.

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    Crude Oil Paintings Debut Performance

    18.03.15 | Permalink | Comment? | By

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    The Pyramid Club, in Taranaki Street continues a long Wellington tradition of venues catering for those with slightly off the radar musical tastes. ‘The Space’, in Newtown was an early example, followed by Jeff Henderson’s ‘Happy’ and, situated in an old church, was ‘The Frederick St. Sound & Light Exploration Society’, more commonly known as ‘Fred’s’.

    Featuring artists exploring a wide musical spectrum encompassing sound art, avant-jazz, improv, noise, experimental electronica, free folk, post-rock and so forth into realms far removed from the limitations of genre constraints, and also offering a performance and gallery space, these venues have helped foster a community of fiercely creative artists and musicians, and continue to do so.

    ‘The Pyramid Club’ holds an annual festival of experimental music, usually taking place over a few days at various venues. The 2014 event – ‘Pyramid Power’ took place just a few weeks ago, in December, and featured around 30 acts performing over four nights to a rapt audience. Highlights abounded and, with no intention to tease, I can only say “you really had to be there”!

    Fortunately, Jo Contag, guitarist for The Golden Awesome, was thoughtful enough to post a clip online of his festival performance as one half of ‘Crude Oil Paintings’, a project he created alongside the turntablist/electronic maestro of The All Seeing Hand, Alphabethead. The framing for this project being the samples Jo uses and the records that Alphabethead employs are exclusively sourced from the world of classical music. What results is an intoxicating journey into a strangely beautiful avant ambient world helped along by visuals from Erica Sklenars aka Lady Lazer Light……

    Crude Oil Paintings – Debut performance at the Pyramid Club from Johannes Contag on Vimeo.