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Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe with Joachim Cooder


Wed 18 Nov 2009, 8:00pm

Where: James Hay Theatre, 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Reserve: $139.90
  • B Reserve: $99.90
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Bridget De Launay

Ry Cooder & Nick Lowe are to visit New Zealand for an evening of remarkable performances showcasing their celebrated careers and repertoires.

Touring New Zealand for the first time in nearly 30 years the master slide guitarist will share the stage with his long-time friend and musical brother-in-arms, as well as his son, Joachim Cooder on drums, and vocalist Juliette Commagere.

Lowe is credited with convincing Cooder to head out on tour, the seed planted earlier this year whilst performing at a benefit show in San Francisco. From there a short run of European shows has grown into a (to date) 24 show tour that has now been extended to include a limited number of select Australian and New Zealand dates.

“If the two stars had been in any doubt of their reception before the show then the standing ovations & the two demands for encores which followed would have made it clear that Edinburgh loved them.” - The Scotsman

Throughout his extensive career Cooder has enjoyed a wide ranging solo career, as well as playing and recording with such luminaries as Captain Beefheart, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal & Randy Newman. Last year saw the release of I, Flathead, the final part of his acclaimed Californian trilogy, inclusive of Chavez Ravine & My Name Is Buddy.

However to some Cooder is best known for his championing of everything from Hawaiian slack key guitar to Tex-Mes/Norteno, as well as for the world wide success of the Buena Vista Social Club, to his numerous film scores particularly Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas.

Rolling Stone lists Cooder as one of the ten best guitarists of all time, rightly placing him amongst an elite group whose guitar style is instantly identifiable by a single note, in Cooder’s case, a haunting, heart-rendering slide tone.

“Cooder arrived on stage to a hero’s welcome & proceeded to mesmerize with a stunning performance.” - Hot Press

“Cooder’s guitar solos couldn’t have been sweeter or more heartbreaking.” - The Herald (UK)

Cooder & Lowe’s working relationship was established in the late ‘80s in the quartet Little Village.

Lowe’s career began a decade earlier with band Brinsley Schwarz, & later markedly influencing punk rock as producer for Stiff Records recording acts such as The Damned, Elvis Costello & The Pretenders. However, his own musical styling graduated through new wave, roots rock, country rhythm, blues & rock ‘n’ roll - most notable hit singles include Cruel To Be Kind & (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding.

“ The evening was a mixture of the old, the new, the borrowed & the definitely blue. Lowe’s silky voice & sharply observed lyrics... & Cooder showed why he’s considered the best slide player in the world…” - The Scotsman

“… a set that stirred the memory, surprised with its exuberant rendering of some of the old material & confirmed Cooder’s status as the king of slide guitar.” - The Herald (UK)

Performing the opening set and joining Cooder & Lowe on stage is special guest Juliette Commagere. The charismatic lead of indie-rock band Hello Stranger has stepped out on her own releasing solo debut album Queens Die Proudly, described by LA Weekly as “a vividly orchestrated pop-art project veering from the wistful and elegiac to the epic and otherwordly… where remarkably memorable songs are given evocative musical twists via her classically designed song structures and sensual ’70s synth stylings.”

This truly will be a rare three performances and absolutely not to be missed.

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