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Pinata - presented by Rhombus & Michel Tuffery

When:

Sat 14 Mar 2009, 8:30pm–12:30am

Where: MAU Theatre, Corbans Estate, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, Waitakere Township

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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  • Under 15yrs: $10.00
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Rhombus & Michel Tuffery presents...

PINATA
The soundscape for the instrumental Pinata sprung to life from a selection of field recordings made when Rhombus were docked in Guatemala. The spectacle of breaking a pinata is an expression of our internal identity declared to the greater community.

Pinata is an innovative collaboration, bridging the gap between the mediums of live music performance from Rhombus and live projection imagery created by one of New Zealand's leading artists Michel Tuffery.

Michel has worked extensively with Rhombus, supplying among other things the artwork for the album Future Reference. His continued involvement with Rhombus demonstrates the vision of engaging other artistic mediums to create another level of experience for the audience.

The Pinata performance will take place at the fourth annual MAUForum, curated and hosted by Lemi Ponifasio and his MAU Company from February 27 to March 21 at Corbans Estate, Henderson in Waitakere City, Auckland. Produced over 23 days each March, the MAUForum presents inspirational and provocative artists, thinkers, writers, activists, heads of government and communities from across the Pacific region and all around the world.

RHOMBUS
Rhombus plays on the edge of dub, reggae, hip-hop, dance, oratory and funk. With strong, inventive song-craft and musicality, Rhombus create music that you can dance to. Rhombus has amassed a following in New Zealand and internationally, especially in Australia and Japan.
The Rhombus production crew comprises band founders Thomas Voyce and Simon Rycroft with Koa Williams. The latest album features live vocalists MC Antsman, MC Mana, Raashi Malik and Lisa Tomlins, together bringing a powerful and soulful voice to Rhombus.

Rhombus have given their time to a number of causes including Greenpeace, tsunami relief, surf-aid, the Cancer Society and the Peace Boat, which band cofounders Simon and Thomas have been involved with throughout 2006. Their travels on the Japan-based global NGO Peace Boat have taken them through the Caribbean (including Jamaica - home of Studio One, King Tubby and many other influential artists) and through the Pacific, spreading the values of sustainability, cooperation and peace through music workshops from a chartered ship.

"Rhombus doesn't disappoint, taking in various points of the musical compass, mixing and mutating genres into its own blend of dub, reggae, soul and scratchy funk."
Shane Gilchrist, Otago Daily Times

MICHEL TUFFERY
Michel Tuffery M.N.Z.M is an acclaimed printmaker, painter and sculptor, who is constantly exploring, collaborating and innovating. Always open to new ways of seeing, he crosses artform boundaries to create performance, sound and installation art.
In 2008 Michel was honoured with becoming a Member of the New Zealand Merit of Order in the Queens Honours List for services to the Arts and is the youngest recipient for the Arts to be acknowledged.

A New Zealand based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage, Tuffery likens the role of the artist to that of a journalist - asking questions, investigating and telling stories from fresh perspectives.

For Tuffery, art is his first language. It’s the way he communicates his ideas on the world around him; his cultural heritage and the diverse cultural fabric that makes up New Zealand; and the changing nature of life in the Pacific region.

Tuffery’s art features in major Public and Private collections throughout the world.

“Tuffery’s journey is an open and expansive one, its wonder and revelations shared generously, as a gift, in his art. It illuminates the sea around him, showing us aspects of our world, our society and our lives that would otherwise remain unseen”
Tim Walker, Director, The New Dowse, New Zealand

Ticket info and directions:
MAUForum - www.mau.co.nz or Conch Records, Ponsonby.
(Limited doorsales from 8.30pm)

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