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Swing Driven Thing – Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche

Swing Driven Thing – Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley

AOTNZ Tour 4 – 30 April 2014

Fiona Pears continues to electrify audiences with her virtuosity on the violin. Now she intrigues with a seamless collaboration with Christchurch guitar duo, La Petite Manouche.

With the assured accompaniment of husband Ian Tilley on piano and keyboard, Pears and La Petite Manouche provide musical magic in the form of bluesy and beautiful duets interspersed with flying fingered Folk, Celtic, Jazz, Jewish and Classical compositions, many owing a nod to the French Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

“Banish from your minds all preconceptions of orthodoxy in the world of the violin. Fiona Pears has largely rewritten the script.”
NZ Herald

That Pears’ playing is outstanding throughout goes without saying, outrageously brilliant and dazzling in her technique, Pears’ love of what she is doing shines through every note.”
Christchurch Press

About the artists:

Fiona Pears
New Zealand born, Canterbury raised and for the last few years dividing her time between London and Lyttelton, Fiona describes personal highlights as appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London, opening for Ottmar Liebert and the late Victor Borge, as well as performing and recording with Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra and Bic Runga, among others. Fiona has released two DVDs and five CDs, many including her own compositions, and will release her sixth CD this year.

La Petite Manouche
Translated roughly as “the little gypsy”, La Petite Manouche is a collaboration of Burke Goffe and Robbie Averill, both graduates of the CPIT Jazz School in Christchurch, with particular mentoring from guitar tutor Bob Heinz. Burke has an Honours degree in Music majoring in Jazz Performance Guitar from the University of Canterbury, and was winner of the 2007 First Year Guitarist's Award and the 2008 Jack Urlwin Scholarship at the CPIT Jazz School. Robbie has also completed an Honours degree in Music from the University of Canterbury, majoring in Jazz Performance Guitar and Jazz Composition, and has spent the last few years playing in a wide variety of musical contexts, including folk festivals, musical theatre orchestras, big bands and church choirs.

Ian Tilley
British born Ian Tilley has produced and co-produced several albums for artists such as Hayley Westenra, All Angels, The Choirboys, Libera and Aled Jones. As well as being a classically trained pianist, Ian is a composer and arranger, preparing full orchestrations for Fiona Pears and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has been a recording engineer on numerous productions for CD release, TV and radio and was Musical Director on Hayley Westenra’s world tours, Libera’s UK and Asian tours, and Aled Jones’ UK and Australian tours.


Friday 4 April 8pm Amberley
Balcairn Public Hall
$25 including supper
Book: Sally Mac’s, Amberley; Stan’s 7 Day Pharmacy, Rangiora

Saturday 5 April 7.30pm Hanmer Springs
Five Stags Restaurant
$30/$25 (concessions)
Book: Hanmer i-Site, door sales or phone 03 315 7376

Sunday 6 April 8pm Onekaka
The Mussel Inn
Book: The Mussel Inn

Tuesday 8 April 7.30pm Wanganui
Royal Wanganui Opera House
Adult $25, Senior $23, FOH $20, Student $15 Special Rates for School Groups
Book: At the venue or

Thursday 10 April 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) Tauranga
Tauranga Art Gallery
$25 ($20 Friends of the Gallery and students)
Book: Tauranga Art Gallery

Friday 11 April 7.30pm Coromandel
The Coromandel Bowling Club
$25.Concession $20
Book: Coromandel Information Centre

Sunday 13 April 7.30pm Kerikeri
The Turner Centre
$35 Adults, $25 Seniors/Students and Groups 5+
Book: Box Office 09 407 0260

Monday 14 April 7.30pm Hokianga
Copthorne Hokianga
$20 Door sales only

Wednesday 16 April 7.30pm Whakatane
Church of St George and St John
$20, Students at Primary and Secondary School $5
Book: The Good Life on the Strand

Saturday 19 April 7.30pm Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre, Revell St
$20 Book: Hokitika Regent Theatre

Sunday 20 April 7.30pm Okarito
$20 Book: Debbie 03 753 4017, Edwina 03 753 4014

Tuesday 22 April 7.30pm Cromwell
Cromwell Memorial Hall
Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student/Child $5
Book: Cromwell i-Site

Wednesday 23 April 7.30pm Alexandra
Earnscleugh Hall, Earnscleugh Rd
(Between Alexandra and Clyde on the River side)
$20 Book: Alexandra Information Centre

Thursday 24 April 7.30pm Invercargill
SIT Centrestage Theatre, Don Sgt
Book: Ticketdirect or Cue TV
(In association with Southland Festival of the Arts and Southern Institute of Technology)

Friday 25 April 7.30pm Te Anau
The Te Anau Club, Pop Andrew Drive
Book: Eventfinder (on line), venue for pre-sales, door sales from 7pm

Saturday 26 April 7.30pm Owaka
Memorial Community Centre
$25 (Gold card $23, Students $15)
Book: Mary Sutherland, Catlins Café

Tuesday 29 April 7.30pm Geraldine
Geraldine Cinema, Talbot St
$20 Book: Tresjoli Giftware 40a Talbot St 03 6939339

Wednesday 30 April 7.30pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
$28 (fees apply)
Book: Ashburton Trust Event Centre or

About Arts On Tour New Zealand
AOTNZ organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. Thanks also to Interislander for support. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to audiences so that that small town and country dwellers can enjoy high quality entertainment in their home patch.


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