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Fri 25 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults $20, Members $15: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: camellia

‘Offshoot’ is so named because it is a splinter group from the very successful 'T Jazz Collective” which won the National Youth Jazz Combo title in both 2012 and 2013 and also won the prestigious NZSM Youth Jazz Combo title in 2012.

Offshoot is first and foremost a jazz group but it is very versatile and performs in a variety of styles including blues, R&B, funk and pop. The trio performed at the Easter Jazz festival in Tauranga this year and presented a varied, highly musical programme that was also lots of fun.

The group consists of Leilani Taula (vocals), Daniel Kulasingham (upright bass and bass guitar) and Murray Mason (guitars and vocals).

Leilani Taula is a 16 year old student from Tauranga Girls’ College who performs at a standard that is well in advance of her years. A hugely experienced and versatile singer and winner of many prestigious awards, she was a finalist on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show ‘Find a Star’ competition in 2010 and won the best vocalist award at both the National Youth Jazz competition and the NZSM Jazz competition in 2012. Leilani performs with complete joy and has the ability to completely engage an audience within seconds.

Daniel Kulasingham is 18, attends Tauranga Boys' College and won the most outstanding bassist award at both the NZSM competition in 2012 and the national competition in 2013. He is a totally relaxed performer and plays with superb technique and musicianship.

Multi-instrumentalist Murray Mason has had a career in music education that spans 35 years as a performer, Head of Music, guitar and bass teacher and classroom teacher. He has been musical director of a huge number of groups including big bands, jazz combos, rock groups, percussion, saxophone and guitar ensembles, Barbershop Choruses, Orchestras and Musical Theatre productions.

Big bands under his direction have won the New Zealand National Youth Jazz Band title a total of 6 times and jazz combos trained by Murray have won the national title 4 times in the last 6 years.
At present Murray is music teacher at Tauranga Girls’ College, is musical director of Tauranga Big Band and ‘T Jazz Collective’, and he operates his own recording studio, Fat Dog Studio, from his home in Welcome Bay, Tauranga.