Orchestra of Spheres – Ancient future funk – 28th Aug – Casa Blanca

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I usually wait until after a show to post about the next one, but I received an email earlier today requesting information about the next show.

It is going to be a fun filled, colourful expose of experimental sounds from 3 bands:

Orchestra of Spheres (Wellington), Hide and Tallow (Northlands), Juan los Bastardos (Mexico) and The Engine Room (Rotorua)


Orchestra of Spheres:

Channeling Ancient Future Funk

Born out of Wellington’s Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society in 2009, the Spheres have developed a cult-like following in New Zealand. Playing house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and opera houses, the Spheres have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows. They’ve toured Europe in 2011 and 2012, and will be back in late 2013 for a series of gigs to promote their new album, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music.

Like celestial sponges the Spheres’ clonga sound draws on influences far and wide: kuduro, psychedelic primary school disco, fire music, kwaito, free improv, south pacific demolition, shangaan electro, zeuhl, mbalax, kosmische quiche, tarraxo, witch doctor haus, orgasmo brain rave, juke/footwork, polynesian no wave prog, quarr, costume rock, inner brain clap, funk puppetré…

The Spheres use homemade instruments like the biscuit tin guitar, electric bass carillon and sexomouse marimba to create their cosmic dancing sound.

Recent tours – 2013 & 2014

07/11/2014 – Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves
05/11/2014 Rif, Iceland The Freezer
05/11/2014 Rif, Iceland The Freezer
31/10/2014 Washington DC, USA Comet Ping Pong – w/ Performance Art Karaoke, Found Object Costume Contest
30/10/2014 Philadelphia, USA North Star Bar
29/10/2014 New Haven, USA The Bar – w/ Florida=Death
27/10/2014 Chicago, USA Beat Kitchen – w/ Evasive Backflip, Opposites
25/10/2014 Brooklyn, New York, USA Pianos
21/10/2014 New York, USA Webster Hall – w/ Popstrangers
20/10/2014 Los Angeles, USA The Mint – w/ Modern Pantheist, The Humble Cats
18/10/2014 Pomona USA Moon Block Party
29/03/2014 Paekakariki St Peter’s Hall – w/ I Drink Your Blood, Lady Laser Light
14/12/2013 Den Haag State X New Forms
13/12/2013 Charleroi Vecteur
12/12/2013 London Power Lunches
10/12/2013 Hannover Glocksee
08/12/2013 Aalborg Fryd
06/12/2013 Malmo Sing Sang Studio
03/12/2013 Berlin Berghain – w/ Wooden Shijps

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Hide and Tallow:

Horriths Ritherland, from An Emerald City, brings a theatrical element to the show, creating an unique vibe with drums and synths connected to organ pedals. Last seen live at Hamilton Fringe Festival.

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Juan los Bastardos and The Engine Room

John Hamilton aka Juan, fronts as the rock lead singer while The Engine Room provides the groove and rhythm. Home grown songs, penned by Juan himself, inspired by stories from our little city, Rotorua. Chris Duff (bass) is the man whose fingers run up and down the fret like Cecil the lion would stalk its prey and Paul Hindrup (drums) is also one to listen out for.

Last seen live at Naked Lava Bar in Rotorua (most recent), top level Pukuatua St car park one sunny day in May and their debut at The Rogue Folk Festival, Rotorua in March.


Coro Sonic Lab aka Matt Sephton is rigging up his multi channel desk to make sure every note and beat is heard and felt. A joy to experience and any production curated by Matt is sound perfection! Matt Rapid, his drum n bass dj spins might make the ride down from Coromandel.

Doors open 7pm and music starts at 8pm
Limited tickets

$20 each
More info contact Karin at theroguestage@gmail.com or visit Musicworks Rotorua to buy your ticket over the counter. Cash only.

Bar and food available and should ticket sales warrant a bus to be organised, so it shall be.

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