Emma Giesen – creative capital champion

Emma Giesen

Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted  festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.

In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.

http://cubadupa.co.nz/

Eco friendly  http://cubadupa.co.nz/category/eco-friendly/

To use the Valet Bike Parking http://cubadupa.co.nz/?s=LEISURE

To Volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hsEpBopaOx5yWYQQnm908uwgh2hH3PxdpnSxn0poNTw/viewform

Phantasticus – Balkan Capital

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Phantasticus is a 5 piece high-energy gypsy-flavours ensemble hailing from Wellington. They are also just about to celebrate the release of their first album Phantasticus Acousticus at Old St Paul’s this Friday.The lineup combines the fearless fiddling skills of Ana Christie and Alex Hills, matched by the awesome forces of Michael Kingston and Rick Shaw on guitar, all wrapped up in the powerful bass of Jacqui Nyman.

For more info on the album release at Old St. Pauls https://www.facebook.com/events/544932105661426/

and the band http://www.phantasticus.co.nz/

Miles Calder performs live on B-Side Stories

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Wellington singer-songwriter Miles Calder has recently landed back on our shores after a year away living and writing in New York. He joins us in the studio to discuss his forthcoming album due out in April next year, his time in New York, his approach to writing, and he also plays live in the studio.

Listen to the interview below:

And for more information on Miles and his band the Rumours, check out their facebook page below.
https://www.facebook.com/milescalderandtherumours

Daimon Schwalger & James Harris – the beats of Zeal

The NomadAlthough he is known as The Nomad, one of NZ’s favourite music makers Daimon Shwalger, could certainly call Wellington his base after spending alot of time producing music, albums, and a hell of alot of gigs from this fair city. But recently Daimon has also been sharing his 20 years of beat making experience with the kids from ZealIn this interview Daimon and Zeal boss, James Harris talk about the effect and the results that this is having on the kids.

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http://www.zeal.nz/

 

 

 

 

Lisa Thomlins and Sarah Hunter – the munki mash

Lisa Thomlins - credit Sarah HunterHow could I not have heard of Munki Studios which has recorded so many of my favourite bands right here in central Wellington? Trinity Roots, Hollie Smith, Grayson Gilmore, Fur Patrol, Shihad and many many more have all been recorded in this old spy vault.

But now after 25 years, this building is another to be demolished, and the legendary Munki studios needs to move on. But before they do, there is going to be one hell of a last recording bash there, this weekend, with so many of our best bands all jumping in to honour the music studio that helped make them. And this momentous occasion will be streamed live worldwide, so wherever you are you can join the bands for the final recording at Munki and even help out on the boosted campaign.
Welly’s own “20 feet from Stardom” star Ms Lisa Tomlins and one of Welly’s  music scene backbones, Sarah Hunter, talk about why this weekends live stream is so significant.

https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/the-munki-mash-live-stream

Munki Mash Live Stream, tune in 22nd August 2015 transmitworld.tv
#munkimash #transmitworld #shh

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/67158804/Studio-owes-sound-secrets-to-SIS

Lisa Thomlins photo credit – Sarah Hunter

Hannah Milward – the beats for nepal

Hannah Milward Screenshot_2015-07-27-09-10-10-1 Independent Welly nurse, Hannah Milward, is the reason for the Beats for Nepal fundraiser happening on the 28th of August at Meow. Unlike other fundraisers for Nepal, this one is to actually help Hannah to go and volunteer her skills in the medical and dental camps there at the end of this year. Hannah has a passion for humanitarian work and has already volunteered her skills in Cambodia for three months. But does she really know what she is in for in Nepal?

Ready Sett, one of the Welly bands playing at the fundraiser play live opening and closing track.

https://www.facebook.com/events/908858392538619/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ready-Sett/1476318199307367?fref=ts

Myele Manzanza, Alex Lee, and Dan Shanan- Festival Fantastic

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With over 100 gigs scheduled for the Wellington Jazz festival, Jen Riches gets to interview one of Welly’s most progressive musicians Myele Manzanza about how he came to be part of the ROSS MCHENRY FUTURE ENSEMBLE and the very wide world of jazz.

Plus the Documentary Edge Film Festival directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan talk to Jen about the potential Wellington has to become the Hub for all film festivals?

 

http://myelemanzanza.com/

http://www.jazzfestival.co.nz/

http://documentaryedge.org.nz/2015-home/

Eb and Sparrow and Dan Mikkleson – bicycles and music

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DJ Kelvinator talks to Ebony from Eb and Sparrow about their live gig in Bicycle Junction this Sunday 31st May. Ebony plays a selection of unreleased unheard on the radio b-sides tracks especially for us.

And owner of Bicycle junction Dan Mikkleson talks all things bicycles, and about how the burgeoning bike scene in Wellington is building community.

Thanks to Newswire for the photo.

http://www.ebandsparrow.co.nz/

http://www.bicyclejunction.co.nz/

For more about the event, but sorry it is sold out. https://www.facebook.com/events/1605295453081476/

Nick Tipping – welly’s jazz phenomenon

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Nick Tipping is a professional jazz bass player from Welly, who plays regularly around town and the country. He has toured with a number of international artists including Grammy winners Mike Stern, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling as well as a few local greats like Nathan Haines and Roger Fox. He is a member of The Jac, a local 8-piece jazz band which was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. In this interview he talks about the PHD he is doing on Wellington’s jazz scene and where he’ll be playing for the Wellington Jazz Festival.

http://www.jazzfestival.co.nz/

Cuba St was closed today

It will be forgiven that half of Cuba streets doors are closed today, as every store, restaurant, spare space, artist and available pair of hands were devoted to transforming the street into an epic weekend for the revival of the Cuba st. Carnival, the Cuba Dupa.

Even though I’ve walked or cycled up and down that street three times a week in the last 25 years, this weekend, Cuba Street shone in a new light.

Out of virtually no hype, zero expectation, and no over excited face book traffic that I could see, the lid on the bottle of the magic mulled for a bit during a drizzly saturday and then as dusk moved in, exploded into a plethora of awesomeness that made one remember why this city is like no other.

What were the magic ingredients that left me with such a delicious taste?

The SPACE; the removal of cars and traffic created a blank canvas to play,explore and be in. I am always amazed at how freeing this act is. ( apart from Viv of course, as a few friends were nearly bowled walking carefree into state highway no1).

The PEOPLE, the PEOPLE, the PEOPLE– the best, the worst, the regulars, the friends, the artists, the extravaganza stars, they all came. And they came with an open attitude, prepared for fun.

The IMPRINT- that was already laid down. Homage must be given to all those who created the early version and vision of the Cuba St. Carnival. So for many it wasn’t a foreign feeling, this is how Cuba Street always was and is. It has just been enabled after being  been cooped up like a battery hen for too long.

The COLLABORATORS – we think it is normal, but it is not. It is quite a talent to drop the ego and work with others. Collaborations were rife, from Steve Logan of Logan Brown making Paua Fritters at the front of Lucky’s fruit shop, to Adam Page conducting the Mass Cuba St. Orchestra made up of nearly every musician in the city, to the actors, choirs and community groups who made The Grand Opening at the Opera House such a riot. I get such a kick seeing musicians running onto the stage of already performing bands, arriving slightly late after a previous performance but determinded to be there non the less.

The CHERRIES; each will have their own but for me, the Hairy Lollies, the Saturday finale on the Upper Cuba St. stage,  were off the hook, with such good Welly musicians and songstress divas, who were there because….. They LOVE it. The second to last song was a funky Mariachi track, with a dirty slide guitar and trumpet that just kept evolving. It was so good I nearly couldn’t take it anymore.

The kids and I trouped back in on the Sunday determined to make it to The Grand Opening . The geniuses of Barbarian Productions took us on a  wild ride to get to a show that we didn’t know we were already starring in. All I can say is I have never experienced anything like that before.

Thank you to all those who consented and contributed to the weekend that was the first Cuba Dupa.  An even bigger thank-you to all those who curated and organised it. I would have lost sleep for months trying to pull that off.

But most of all thank-you to Wellington for being there with the spirit that is the Soul of Cuba street. To me, letting our creative culture reign is part of the long term sustainability and prosperity of our city.

So please may we have another slice of that… PLEASE!!!!!!!.

# Why Wellington # Cuba Dupa

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Steve Logan, cooking mean paua fritters at the front of Luckys fruit shop

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the Hairy Lollies funking up a storm

Grand Opening- Jason Muir

Just some of the Cast or crew at the Grand Opening.