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Houstoun - Fox Project (Michael Houstoun with Rodger Fox)

When:

Mon 27 Apr 2015, 4:00pm–6:15pm

Where: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $57.50 ($55.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Houstoun - Fox Project

Maestro meets Maestro

New Zealand’s premiere classical and jazz musicians are coming together for a series of concerts and a recording session in 2015.

Michael Houstoun - classical piano maestro and Rodger Fox - renowned jazz artist are masters of their craft. The joining of these two New Zealand icons will blend the best of classical with the best of jazz.
Program will be drawn from:

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 (1st mvt)
(Arranged for piano and 18-piece big band by Grammy award winning arranger / composer Bill Cunliffe from the USA ).

Two new arrangements from internationally acclaimed composer - arranger Bill Cunliffe to feature piano and jazz big band.

Raff Riff – solo piano piece by Mike Nock will be re-arranged for piano and big band by Dr.David Lisik

Psathas piece Psyzygysm rearranged by Daniel Hayles.

The big band will also present material from its forthcoming recording of New Zealand original compositions by such composers as John Rae, Norman Meehan, Rodger Fox, Chris Selley,
John Psathas, Andrew Hall, Roger Manins, Anita Schwabe, Phil Broadhurst and Nick Granville.

New Zealand Tour Dates: ( Further dates to be added)
April 05 Tauranga Jazz Festival
April 26 Wanaka Festival of Colours
April 27 Christchurch Charles Luney Auditorium
May 29 Queens Birthday Jazz @ Expressions Theatre Upper Hutt
May 30 Manawatu Jazz Festival @ The Regent Theatre
May 31 Napier Jazz – Century Theatre
June 07 Wellington International Jazz Festival – Opera House

Full Bio Material:

The Houstoun – Fox Project

2015 is shaping up to be an enormous year for The Rodger Fox Big Band and Michael Houstoun. New Zealand concerts dates are in place and a CD recording session of the tour material is being organized.

Rodger Fox and Michael Houstoun have been names synonymous with music in New Zealand for many years.

Rodger was born in Christchurch and has over the years continued to maintain strong connections with the Jazz Community in Christchurch.

Rodger’s jazz career began at a young age with brass bands in the Porirua area, like the Mana College Big Band. Later he joined the Quincy Conserve, a band that defined New Zealand music in the early 1970s. This was followed by the 1860 Band and partnerships and performances that continue to this day.

A consistent factor over the decades has been the sound of the Rodger Fox Big Bands. Band members have come and gone but the biggest names in NZ jazz have all performed with Fox, including Ray Woolf, Tina Cross, Malcolm McNeil and Midge Marsden and many others.

Michael was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1952. He became interested in the piano when he was a small child and began lessons at the age of 5. Under the tutelage, first of Sister Mary Eulalie in Timaru, and then of the great Maurice Till in Christchurch and Dunedin, Michael moved through the examination grades and by the age of 18 had won every major competition in New Zealand.
Michael frequently adjudicates music competitions in New Zealand, and in 1998 was a juror at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City.

He is Patron of the Nelson School of Music, the Regent on Broadway theatre in Palmerston North, the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of New Zealand, the New Zealand Music Examinations Board and the Kerikeri National Piano Competition.

For further information please contact:
Rodger Fox
Mobile 0211433526
Email rdfox@ihug.co.nz

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