The Gig Guide: February 2017

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: November 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

NZTrio

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

Happy Birthday Douglas Lilburn

Today is 100 years since the birth of NZ composer Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001). Stream some of his music!

LILBURN, D.: Violin and Piano Duos (J. Cormack, M. Houston)LILBURN, D.: String Quartet in E Minor / Phantasy / Canzonettas / Duos / String Trio (New Zealand String Quartet)LILBURN: Electro-Acoustic WorksLILBURN: Orchestral WorksFARQUHAR, D.: Prospero Dreaming / Suite / LILBURN, D.: Pieces for Guitar / 4 Canzonas (New Zealand Guitar Music) (Herbig)LILBURN, D.: String Quartet in E Minor / Violin Sonata / Duo / Canzonettas / String Trio (Riseley, New Zealand School of Music Chamber Players)LILBURN, D.: Piano Music (Houstoun)LILBURN: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1LILBURN: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2

Read more on our page on Douglas Lilburn.

Listen to RNZ National’s Douglas: Landscape of a New Zealand composer.

Online music to my ears!

LogoIt’s New Zealand Music month and a good time to remember that your library has lots of online music resources, most of which you can use anywhere, so long as you have your library card number and PIN.

Music Online is a great starting point. It contains lots of separate collections, and can even search all of them at once. It includes:

Naxos Music Library will also fill a gap for music lovers while Central Library is out of bounds.

You can our online resources through the Source from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our open community libraries . Enjoy and “get down” tonight, or any time this month with  Christchurch City Libraries!

New Zealand’s home video

Recently I had the pleasure of helping the Nelson band Minuit with an image order from our library. Their request was a stunning portrait of Ngaio Marsh for their new music video titled “Aotearoa“. The video is filled with New Zealand images  (in their credits they thank “the awesome librarians at our national libraries and archives” for their help). With powerful imagery old and new they have managed to create a patchwork of New Zealand history and modern life. If New Zealand made it’s own home video, I imagine it would look something like this. The band informed me that they had 10,000 views in the first 5 days making it the #1 most viewed music clip in New Zealand that week. So, have a watch and keep supporting New Zealand music.

Music to drive dream cars by

Jags
Jags

My dream car used to be the undulating roundness of the S type Jaguar. Nowadays, it’s been joined on the fantasy list by the Nissan Figaro (the sort of retro modern car you could imagine Audrey Hepburn nipping round town in), the Bugatti Veyron (now that’s just mental)

Stainless Style by Neon Neon is the kind of album you’d listen to on your Blaupunkt stereo system in your fantasy car.  And it’d work best if your car was a DeLorean, as this is a ‘concept album’ about the maverick car designer and 80s icon John DeLorean (the time machine in Back to the future was of course a DeLorean).

It references Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia (“I told her on Alderaan”), Raquel Welch (“Raquel”)and Michael Douglas (“Michael Douglas” and his mirrored sunglasses).

This is one of my favourites of the year so far, along with Santogold. Both albums have a distinctively 80s influence – electronic, synthesizer sounds, some classic 808 beats, but with an added component of rap and a modern hip-hop edginess and eclecticism.

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