Waiheke Marketplace : April 13th 2011
25 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 13, 2011 EVENTS Caitlin Smith to sing at island jazz festival By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Jazz performer: Singer-songwriter Graham Wardrop is double-billed with Caitlin Smith as well as the Nairobi Trio on Easter Friday and the Alan Brown Trio on Easter Saturday. Bittersweet lyrics: Singer-songwriter Caitlin Smith will be performing at Waiheke Island Resort on Easter Sunday as part of the International Jazz Festival. Visit www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz to see Caitlin sing. ' I believe our lives are guided, we may think we're heading away from our goal when really, we had to take each step as we did. ' Caitlin Smith Self proclaimed anarcho- marxist eco-feminist singer and songwriter Caitlin Smith is coming to town. She will be performing her original songs at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival singer-songwriters session at the Waiheke Resort on Easter Sunday. Caitlin has been legally blind since birth but is unde- terred by her disability. Because of my sight con- dition, my world is pre- dominantly aural. Music means more to me because I don t have the distraction of the visual to take me away from the essence of the song, she says. Her father, retired English professor Don Smith, says: I suspect the disability has focused her sense of identity and determination. She had tremendous independence as a child and was never stopped by anything. A staunch activist with a masters degree in political studies, she began as a per- formance poet during her student days at Selwyn Col- lege. Don says: As an ado- lescent she marched in every possible march up Queen St. It was fortunate she was only 10 when she and I marched against the Springbok tour, otherwise she d have been arrested. Caitlin started off singing in plays and school concerts and created her own punk band. After university her music was dropped in favour of a political path, working in campaign management for social justice and environ- mental groups. But music pushed its way to the front in 1997 with the formation of the alternative jazz trio The Fondue Set. Caitlin has gone on to forge a career as a respected jazz singer and vocal coach to the stars. She now performs regu- larly around the country at jazz clubs and festivals. Her voice was described as liquid amber with bitter- sweet lyrics by music reviewer John Kennedy. Her recent You Have Reached Your Destination combines elements of folk, jazz, rhythm and blues and pop with deeply personal lyrics. She writes songs and warms up her voice when walking. Because I am legally blind I can t drive and this has proved a blessing, Caitlin says. Not being able to read maps or see street signs, she often winds up taking the long way to her destination. Now accustomed to getting around like this she says she uses a kind of Zen navi- gation . Though I may get lost more often than most, I experience the roads less travelled, and frequently but fortuitously, get off-track. I believe our lives are guided, we may think we re heading away from our goal when really, we had to take each step as we did. Just when we least expect it, like the title of the album, you discover you have reached your destination. The premise for the album is to reveal the songwriting process . Behind the scenes Caitlin Smith is a highly respected teacher who has tirelessly devoted herself to music in Aotearoa. She describes her role as being the underwire in New Zealand s musical bra , and being a midwife to great songs and great voices. Her role includes teaching songwriting skills and coaching top vocalists from Anika Moa to The Datsuns and Nesian Mystik. She also writes the column Finding Your Own Voice for New Zealand Musician maga- zine, and creates music for film and television, collabor- ating with numerous groups including Concord Dawn and Sola Rosa. Her performance at the Easter jazz festival offers an intimate afternoon with Cait- lin where her skills as a musician and vocalist can be appreciated. She will be performing as part of the daytime jazz series alongside singer- songwriter Graham Wardrop and guests at Waiheke Island Resort in Palm Beach on April 24 from noon to 5pm. They are solo singer- songwriters but there s so much more to both of them, jazz festival director John Quigley says. Visit the website www. waihekejazzfestival.co.nz to buy tickets. Be in to win a penguin pass Up close: Curator Laura Seamans meets a king penguin at Kelly Tarltons. Waiheke Marketplace has a family pass to Kelly Tarlton s to give away just in time to see the new chicks and enjoy the penguin- themed fun during the school holidays. The new holiday exhibit which opens this Saturday has been built around the popular Disney Online virtual world of Club Penguin and is timed to coincide with Kelly Tarl- ton s king penguin chick season. The Club Penguin visit is a first for New Zealand and visitors will be able to see four super-cute chicks in their creche from the Snow- cat ride and on the big screen. There will also be special Life on the Ice talks every day, introducing real life king and gentoo penguins. Club Penguin activities include an indoor beach at Stingray Bay where kids can test their surfing and pen- guin foosball skills. Kelly Tarlton s is open every day over the school holidays, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Readers of Waiheke Marketplace will be in to win a family pass for two adults and two children, valued at $87.60, if they can answer the following question correctly and email the answer to news2@waiheke martketplace.co.nz by 4pm on Friday. Question: Which inter- national company has created the virtual world of Club Pen- guin? Visit www.kellytarltons. co.nz for more information and event schedules. Messiah returns for Christchurch fund A performance of Handel s Messiah will raise funds for Christchurch earthquake relief. The Waiheke Island Choral Society will reprise its successful 2009 perform- ance at St Peter s Catholic Church in Little Oneroa on Saturday at 7pm. Society spokesman Mark James says the concert was originally intended to raise funds for roof repairs at St Peter s, but the church decided to donate the funds to Christchurch instead. This is not the first time the Messiah has been used for purposes of disaster relief. Handel wrote his famous oratorio in 1741 at the request of the Chari- table Music Society, in response to a famine in Ireland. Its first perform- ance, on April 8, 1742 in Dublin, raised £400 sterling for famine relief, which in today s terms would be $100,000. Handel and the musicians refused payment, the management of the music hall requested women not to wear hoop skirts so that more people could get in. Word of this accomplishment spread quickly, and the Messiah owes a good part of its fame to the success of that fundraiser, Mr James says. Saturday s concert solo- ists are sopranos Ella Smith and Elizabeth Mandeno, alto Harriet Crampton, tenor Iain Tetley, and bass Pat Urlich. Admission is $15 adults and $10 children. Roadshow gives public chance to vote on packaging awards A roadshow committed to good packaging will visit Ostend Market on Saturday to encourage people to have their say in the 2011 Unpac- kit Packaging Awards. The Unpackit Roadshow of Joy crew members will be performing skits from their tour which includes chip-pack juggling, wrapper rapping and bananas on stilts who break free from their packag- ing. The 16 finalists in the 2011 people s choice awards for the best and worst packaging in New Zealand will be on dis- play at the market. Roadshow organiser Ivy Willmott says all of the best category finalists are fully recyclable and/or home com- postable. In contrast, the eight worst finalists are destined to end up in the rub- bish bin, because they can t be recycled or composted. The idea behind the roadshow is to make people laugh as well as making them think. It s about getting people talking and thinking about good packaging so they can make good choices. People will be able to vote for their pick of the best and worst finalists at the market. Votes can also be made online at www.unpackit.org. The winners of the awards will be announced on May 6.
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