Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love is in the air...

At Corban Estate Arts Centre we believe in love!
That’s why Valentine’s Day has inspired us to invite our friend, New Zealand award winning writer & performer, Courtney Meredith to share this lovely poem with you. Enjoy!

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Courtney Sina Meredith

Pecking my palms blue
stolen swallow cowers

in sleep I form us both
cotton mouth mud heart

Christ peers rose mesh
my arms fold my love. 

Can you hear that town?
burnt cars tall men fallen

firework hills marching
cinematic balloon launch

my arms unfold my love
your body is open country.

I walk the platinum lake
throwing rice to saints

eyes on me are so white
no love can love enough.

About Courtney 
Courtney Meredith
Courtney Meredith was born in 1986, she has a degree in English and Political Studies from the University of Auckland, where she also studied Law and co-edited Spectrum 5.  She was the writer in residence for the LiteraturRaum Bleibtreu Berlin 2011. Courtney was the first New Zealander, the first Pacific person and the youngest artist to be selected. While in Germany, she featured in Mau Theatre’s world Premiere of Le Savali.
She describes her works as an on-going discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique. Courtney has been published within Mauri Ola, Pulp, the New Zealand Herald, Landfall, Colorado’s and more. She has forthcoming publications in Berlin and Indonesia. Her first play Rushing Dolls won the Aotearoa Pasifika Play Competition 2010, and two Adam NZ Play Awards including Best Play by a woman playwright and Runner-up overall. Her realisation of ‘Rushing Dolls’ seeks to artistically represent a new breed of Pacific and Maori women, actively engaged with their dreams.

Courtney will tour Indonesia in April for the Puisi International Poetry Festival. She is of Samoan, Mangaian and Irish descent.

Valentine's Day at Corban Estate

At Corban Estate Arts Centre Love is in the air!
Celebrate love on Valentine's day!
Find exclusive pieces of art from New Zealand artists & gift vouchers for $10, $20 and $50 in our gallery shop. There are lots of great artistic and creative ideas you can give your loved one on this special day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Emeralds & Greenstone, a blend of Maori-Celtic music

Emeralds & Greenstone, a Christchurch folk fusion group, will delight Auckland’s audience with captivating compositions of Maori and Celtic music.

"Ethereal...a spellbinding re-working of traditional songs along with their own contemporary offerings...they ooze character, cross-cultural credentials, multi-lingualism and instrumentalism... colourful songs and tunes which transport, enthral and inspire" - The Garden Sessions (UK).

Emerging from Christchurch’s heart, the indigi-folk band ‘Emeralds & Greenstone’ blends the essence of Maori and Celtic music styles. Their songs are full of powerful lyrics and inspiring stories written in English, Maori, and Scots Gaelic. Traditional music fusions with contemporary songwriting voices coloured with jazz, blues and pop. ‘Emeralds & Greenstone’ allures the senses by creating a unique evocative experience that evolves from their exploration of Maori and Celtic musical instruments.

‘Emeralds & Greenstone’s’ line-up includes: Ariana Tikao (vocals, taonga puoro/Maori instruments, dulcimer); Laura Tomlin (vocals, keyboard, tinwhistle, flute); Argène Montgomery-Hönger (bodhràn, tinwhistle, ukulele, vocals); Jon Hooker (guitars, ukulele); James Wilkinson* (guitar, bass, vocals). They have played a wide range of festivals in New Zealand including the Auckland Folk Festival (2011 & 2010), Christchurch Waitangi Day Celebrations at the Christchurch Art Gallery (2011), the Montana Christchurch International Jazz Festival, Garden City Summer Times, Waipara Wine & Food Festival, Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival, Festival of Flowers, the James Hay Theatre and the Aurora Centre for Performing Arts, and sellout shows at the Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre, the Harbour Light Theatre and The Loons.

As part of their 2012 tour around New Zealand, ‘Emeralds & Greenstone’ will delight Auckland’s audience in a fascinating concert at the Old St. Michael’s Church at Corban Estate Arts Centre. The concert will take place on 18 February from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Ticket $15 per person). Prior to the concert, the band will be facilitating a Maori-Celtic singing workshop for adults, where participants will learn the art of combining the sounds of two strong cultures to create original music. (Fee $ 20 per person).

There is limited seating so reservations are advised. Phone Corban Estate Arts Centre 838 4455 or email to reserve seats. Unreserved tickets will be on sale at the door before the event.

*Due to unforeseen circumstance, James Wilkinson will not be performing in this concert.

Emeralds & Greenstone Music:

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