Zarek Silberschmidt

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.

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Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, have a beautiful festive season!

Karin & Barry



The After Xmas Party 27 Dec 2015

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2015 Line-up: Matiu Te Huki, Lloyd Akroyd, Zarek Silberschmidt, Albi and more!

Last year our year end celebration was a big success and we decided to host it again this year. We are incredibly lucky to have secured another spell bounding line-up of local NZ and local Rotorua performers for 2015. Drawn in from afar as Paekakariki, this year will be another highlight of our intimate live music concerts in Rotorua!

Zarek Silberschmidt, originally from Reporoa, has just completed a BA in Musical Arts and wowed the crowd at the recent Blues Club meet. His technical ability on the guitar, combining rhythmic slaps and delicate harmonic tones, brings a whole new dimension to the acoustic guitar. His compositions are energetic, thought provoking and reverend to his influences like Tommy Emmanuel. Very exciting to have him join us in the line-up, as he will be embarking on a trip to Europe soon to further his studies.

Chris Dent, aka Albi from Albi and the Wolves, almost need no introduction. As seen live at Music at the Museum #1 (Aug 2015), Albi fronted a band of lively folk musicians and wherever I have seen him perform since, his infectious energy has had the crowd applauding for more. Self penned originals as well as a repertoire of folk covers, Albi will certainly have you sing along or even up on your feet dancing!

And while you are up on your feet and dancing, Matiu Te Huki will have you up in the dancing circle for a few more songs. Known for his earthy roots style music, uplifting lyrics and looping beat box rhythms, Matiu Te Huki has toured and performed with bands such as Appalachian Rising (Italy) and Oka (Australia).  Locally he has performed alongside Anika Moa and Tiki Taane, as well as Maisy Rika.

Lloyd Akroyd, singer songwriter from Rotorua, has been performing at The Rogue Stage events since 2013 and for the last 15 years on and off with covers’ band: Gravel Road. Seen at Pig and Whistle many times, Lloyd not only is a master of few classic rock songs, but also a great song writer as seen on This Town TV series. ‘We ve got love’ is a beautiful song composed and written for his lovely wife. Rhona. Always a pleasure to hear him play!

The line-up will also include other performers from our local area.

Tickets are available by email – and by buying it online on my site. A limited number of 20 hard copy tickets are for sale at Musicworks Rotorua.

$20 per adult and $12 OAP/Student

#PAYF for unwaged attendees (please arrange by email

BYO food (picnic style) and drinks

Doors open 5pm, followed by a shared meal. Please ring me, Karin, 02102381057 or Barry, 0226441778 for further information in regards to parking, tickets and food arrangements.