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New Zealand Guitar Quartet


Wed 6 Jun 2018, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

New Zealand Guitar Quartet Honour Jack Body at The Piano.

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ), is coming to Christchurch this June to premiere a new work by Polish composer Marek Pasieczny dedicated to the memory of the late great New Zealand composer Jack Body. In addition, these versatile musicians will play Bluegrass, Celtic, Classical and even a tribute to the late great David Bowie. Supported by the Christchurch Classical Guitar Society, the NZGQ – hailed as a national treasure in 2017 – will perform at The Piano, Armagh on Wednesday 6th June at 7.30pm. And for those guitar nerds keen to gain rare insights and tips in top guitar playing, the NZGQ will conduct a masterclass at the Avon Loop Community Cottage, 28 Hurley St, Christchurch at 7:00pm on Tuesday 05 June.

The Piano is a state-of-the-art, world class performance space for Cantabrians that promotes, empowers performances where no-one is too young or old to enjoy the finest of live music. The acoustics complement the subtle colours of the handmade Australian classical guitar; and yes, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet predominantly play Australian handmade guitars: Greg Smallman & Sons (WA), Zbigniew Gnatek (NSW) and Kim Lissarrague (NSW), but feature the specially commissioned New Zealand handmade 7-string guitar by Rodney Stedall (Cambridge) with a Ponga rosette.

Thanks to a successful Boosted campaign and the generous support by arts patrons around Canterbury, New Zealand and abroad, the NZGQ commissioned Marek Pascieczny to celebrate the life or New Zealand composer Jack Body. The resulting work Perpetuus – Latin for perpetual, continuous and everlasting – is a substantial monolithic work of six “movements” performed attacca; each individual section drawing on inspiration from different compositions of Jack Body. This will be the premiere and only New Zealand performance of Perpetuus in 2018.

A talisman piece for the NZGQ; The Passing of a Black Star reflects upon the life and work of the late great David Bowie. Written specifically for the NZGQ by the Australian composer Marián Budoš, it is a journey through different styles and genres that Bowie defined and was renowned for. With rock and jazz fused together with classical compositional techniques, The Passing of a Black Star refers to Bowie’s final album Black Star; a substantial work that every David Bowie fan would love. The Passing of a Black Star was Album of the Week on Concert FM in June 2017.

Originally based in Wellington New Zealand the NZGQ are now based on both sides of the ditch: Owen Moriarty and Jane Curry in Wellington, Vladimir Gorbach in Sydney and John Couch in Canberra. Internationally accomplished musicians, they play a wide variety of styles from American Bluegrass and Celtic melodies and dances to their critically acclaimed interpretations of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto. Following their appearance at the Piano in June, and with help from Creative New Zealand, the NZGQ will travel to North America as New Zealand artistic ambassadors at major festivals in Mexico and USA, including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 Unwaged, and are available in advance from the Christchurch Guitar Society at or Eventfinda. Tickets will also be available at the door if available.

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