Prince’s Gate Hotel

Richard Gilewitz – Friday, 11 May 8pm

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Rogue Stage Presents

 

Richard Gilewitz (US)

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For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.In addition to his concert performances, his GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars, Clinics, and Avenues for Success educational program for schools inspire players worldwide, providing opportunities for music lovers to work on their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade.

Watch: Fingerstyle Guitar “Jack Fig” – Leo Kottke cover by Richard Gilewitz

Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, “The Dr. Demento Radio Show” and “The Midnight Special”, Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar — a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.

Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.

The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.

Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, “Live at Charlotte’s Web”, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire. He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica..

Students around the globe attend Richard’s roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.

Today, recognized world-wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard’s performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.

Says Spectrum Magazine, “Much of the charm of a Gilewitz performance is in the stories he tells. He wondered aloud to the audience how many ducks he could take out in a fight if he were to be attacked by a flock of the sneaky waterfowl.”

Whether playing solo, conducting guitar seminars and school programs, or sharing the stage with folks such as Stephen Housden of the Little River Band, Brooks Williams, Michael Fix, The California Guitar Trio, John McCutcheon, John Renbourn, Mose Allison, the late John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Norman Blake, Indigo Girls, or John Hammond, Richard always invites the audience to join his journey filled with twitters, twists, and turns at every tune.

”His performance style is very crisp and precise, allowing the personality of the music to shine through.” Dirty Linen Magazine

The concert will take place at Prince’s Gate Hotel in the Monarch Room, entrance on Hinemaru St. Doors open 7.30pm.

Online tickets $20 and on the door sales $25

Licensed bar with EFTPOS facilities available from inside the venue, warm food to order from Prince’s Gate.

Vegan desserts for sale by Tea & Happiness – Vegan, RAW and Fermented Food Rotorua, NZ (Vegan warm savoury meals to order from Karin Vincent on 02102381057)

For more music, interviews and videos see http://www.richardgilewitz.com/

Photo credit Tom Ford Photography

Pre-sale concert ticket – Richard Gilewitz, The Rogue Stage, Rotorua

Richard Gilewitz in concert at The Rogue Stage, Prince’s Gate Hotel, Arawa St, Rotorua Concert will take place in the Monarch Room, entrance at Hinemaru St.

NZ$20.00

Cricket Farm and Esther Swift (Scotland) live at Rogue Stage 4th Feb

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Cricket Farm are touring this summer in support of our debut album ‘Bending Spoons’, and they are stoked to be playing at The Rogue Stage! Esther Swift, who is an incredible harpist and singer songwriter all the way from Scotland, will be joining them. Come and let them serenade you through Sunday evening.

$15 presales undertheradar
$20 door sales
Doors open 730, show from 8.

Ticket link: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/58179/N/Cricket-Farm-with-Esther-Swift-Scotland.utr

Cricket Farm are a three-piece indie-folk/gypsy act hailing from Auckland, New Zealand.
Since their formation in 2016 they have won the hearts of audiences with their quaint and sunny sound, which the band describes as “music for hopeless romantic conspiracy
theorists.”
Cricket Farm is made up of multidisciplinary artist Hayley Robertson, Sims Ross (Yebisu, The Murderchord) and Joel Vinsen (Ijebu Pleasure Club, Spiral, Panhandlers).

Reviews:

‘Hard truths sung in a soft voice, accompanied by plucky Chet Atkins inspired nylon string guitar and ukulele, and coloured with clarinet, acoustic gypsy jazz guitar & weird buzzy electric guitar’.

‘I cried three times’ – sad/happy punter.

‘Cricket Farm sing so sweetly but then there are these intense lyrics. And their dynamic on stage is magic. It’s just really good. No really. I’m serious. It is really just very good.’ – Rohan Evans (Wine Cellar)

‘One of the best shows & audience rapport I’ve seen here; reminds me of the Nukes.’ – Punter, Eggsentric Cafe Whitianga

‘What the f*** is that instrument the singer played and rapped to’ that is the singularly most brilliant performance of a piece of music by one person that I’ve seen in a long time! crazy great.’ – Dave Alley

‘Sounds like Django Reinhardt, but with more arms’. – Will Saunders

Listen here to their latest album, Bending Spoons: https://soundcloud.com/cricketfarm/bending-spoons

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Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making, and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing composing and song writing. She writes
songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots, and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. An eclectic blend of jazz, folk, classical
and everything in between, Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.

 

Read more about Esther here: https://www.estherswift.co.uk/

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We are much looking forward to this show, I hope you can come!

Warm regards,

Karin and Barry

Zarek Silberschmidt and Rhode Workz – 20 Jan at The Rogue Stage!

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Zarek Silberschmidt and his one man band of strings will be joined by Rhode Workz for one night of all things acoustic. Hosted in one of Rotorua’s most intimate venues, the Monarch Room at Prince’s Gate Hotel and run by Rotorua’s very own Rogue Stage. This is will be an evening of laughter, diversity and most importantly music!

Zarek Silberschmidt –
Characterised by audiences and colleagues alike as a chameleon within his articulation of acoustic guitar performance.
Stylistically defined as remarkably versatile, some would go as far to state, a natural born performer. Zarek’s unique dexterity in the art of shape shifting sounds has been described as simply outstanding by listeners. A spectrum of techniques mastered through a vast comprehension of genre specific qualities, grants his ability to seamlessly accommodate to each
individual performance. With cultural ties from one end of the world to the other, Zarek remains connected to his humble beginnings in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The cultural mix of his antipodean upbringing continues to fuel his passion for exploring musical styles from around the globe.

Leaving New Zealand in 2015 after graduating a Bachelor of Musical Arts, Zarek moved to Switzerland and began to build his career in Europe. He has played several international festivals with some of the highlights being the ‘Swing In The Wind Jazz Festival’ (Estavayer-le-Lac 2016 & 2017) ‘Basel Plucks’ (Basel 2017) and the ‘Contemporary Architecture and Music Festival’ (Basel 2017). These festivals have hosted greats from various disciplines such as Biréli Lagrène, Fred Frith and Sylvain Luc.

Zarek has continued to build his international network, with two tours through Spain (2017), a ‘European Tour’ consisting of 14 concerts throughout Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the U.K (2017), collaborated with industry based organisations such as INDHE (U.K), The Swiss Music Foundation For Young Musicians (Switzerland), as well as becoming an endorsee for RightOn! Straps (Spain).
Zarek is now releasing his first E.P titled ‘Home’ with a tour of Aotearoa. Starting off in New Plymouth with the ‘TSB Bank Festival Of Lights’, there will be shows from Auckland to Oamaru. During this tour he will collaborate with other NZ artists such as Albi and The Wolves, Cricket Farm and Rhode Workz.

Rhode Workz –
Don’t be fooled by their youthful appearance…
Rhode Workz have played at many festivals and shows around New Zealand, including guest spots at Auckland and Wellington Folk Festivals, and Mountaingrass in Australia. You can often see them busking at local farmers markets to raise funds for other festivals further afield. They arrange a majority of their music themselves and love nothing more than to sit down and jam with others. Laurence is 16, Plays Guitar & Banjo, Sam is 14, plays Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar and Bass..  (not all at once!) Nate is 11, who provides rhythm and harmonies.  Together with Mum (AKA Tracy) on double bass, and on the occasion Dad (AKA Bruceeee) on guitar you have Rhode Workz.

Zarek Silberschmidt – Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZKrFCxMR8

Rhode Workz – Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rM3_AsZRPI

Ticket link: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/zarek-silberschmidt-cd-release-with-rhode-workz/rotorua

Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, have a beautiful festive season!

Karin & Barry

 

 

Listen to Grawlixes on Radio NZ – recent interview, live with Jesse Mulligan

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Soon we ll hear Grawlixes (Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin) live in Rotorua at the amazing Monarch Room, performing their album ‘Set Free’. Before then you can listen to their recent interview with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ.

Follow this link to listen: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nzlive/audio/201849488/nz-live-the-grawlixes

Details of their live concert at The Rogue Stage:

When – 22 July

Where – Monarch Room, Princes Gate Hotel

Time – doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm

Support – Famous Will

Tickets are $15 and you can buy online here: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/gig/55191/Grawlixes—Set-Free-Album-Release-Tour.utr

Grawlixes Set Free Album Tour – 22 July at The Rogue Stage

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I m very excited to share this news with you today! Grawlixes, ft Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits) and Robin Cederman, are stopping in Rotorua on the 22 July to play songs from their new album – Set Free.

We met them in March when they played a concert in our back garden and they simply stole our hearts!

Watch the video of the title track – directed by Penelope Esplin:

If you would like to attend, please follow this link to purchase your tickets online:

tickets for The Rogue Stage, Rotorua at Princes Gate Hotel

Fully licensed bar and light meals from Princes Gate Hotel

Vegan meals, raw cakes, kombucha, turmeric latte and cacao hug in a mug from Tea & Happiness (eftpos available)

Doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm

contact Karin 02102381057 or Barry 0226441778

POP UP Recording Studio with Matt Sephton // Coro Sonic Lab starts today!

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Exciting news! Matt Sephton is back in Rotorua today with his ever so popular Pop UP Recording Studio. We ran a pilot in May and 17 artists responded to record their original work.

To book a slot, please email matt@corosoniclab.co.nz. Sessions start today and will run until Friday. The pop up recording studio is located at The Monarch, Hinemaru St – part of the Prince’s Gate Hotel complex.

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Pictures from May’s Pop UP Recording Studio.