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Musical Alchemy On Tour – Adams and Gavin


Wed 14 Apr 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Wilsons Hotel, 32 Broadway, Reefton, Buller

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Students/Seniors: $5.00
  • Family: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Diana Moir

Richard Adams and Nigel Gavin – two highly talented musicians in their own right – are now performing together on a tour of the country with Arts on Tour New Zealand.

Violinist Richard Adams is a gifted painter whose work has exhibited internationally and who believes that the visual and musical sides of his personality each set the other on fire. Richard has played for many years with Nairobi Trio and is co-founder of Neon Quaver.

Guitarist Nigel Gavin is known for his work with Nairobi Trio, The Jews Brothers Band, Bravura, and the popular guitar orchestra, Gitbox Rebellion. Among the many albums he has contributed to are those by Wayne Gillespie, Whirimako Black, and esteemed veteran guitarist, Robert Fripp.

What the critics/ other musicians say
“….When they play together….there is that rare alchemy at work where each inspires the other, where melodies can twist on an emphasis, and the improvisation is instinctively taken in a new and rewarding direction…….It must take something special and rare for Richard Adams and Nigel Gavin to produce music of such diversity yet coherence, to play at the top of their game, but to leave room for each other, to be a master of an instrument, yet let it have its own voice.” -Graham Reid

"….first class musical alchemy!" "...incredibly wonderfully intelligent!" - National Radio

"These performers play with a passion and flair that international audiences adore" - Stephane Grappelli

About Arts on Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ)
Based at the historic Arts Centre of Christchurch, Arts on Tour New Zealand organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. AOTNZ receives funding from Creative New Zealand, the Canterbury Creative Trust and Southern Trust, and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.

The 2010 Arts on Tour programme began with Dunedin-based Delgirl (Feb) and followed with Pacific Curls (March). After Adams and Gavin (April), tours include Don McGlashan Solo (April), Penny Ashton’s Hot Pink Bits (June), Hot Club Sandwich (July), Antiques Rogue Show (August), Fiona Pears Band (October), and Whirimako Black (November).