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Music to move you and make you move: Beyondsemble tour

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Music to move you and make you move – Beyondsemble AOTNZ tour 2 Sep-1 Oct

Ever since its 2009 debut, Beyondsemble, ‘the ensemble beyond genre’ has excited audiences with its enormous vitality and range.

“I’ve played in numerous bands and dreamed about creating one band that could play it all,” says the Beyondsemble’s Craig Denham. ‘This band can.”

All four members are multi instrumentalists able to perform in a range of musical styles merging Celtic, Eastern European and Gypsy with Latin and tango rhythms as well as improvising in jazz, swing and rock.

Besides seasoned professional Craig Denham (Mamaku Project, ex-Ardijah, Club Manouche etc) on accordion, keyboards, vocals and whistles, the band consists of Jess Hindin (The Exiles, Tim Beveridge, Boh Runga etc) on violin and keyboards, Chris Koole (The Warners) on vocals and home made percussion, and rising acoustic guitar star Mark Mazengarb on guitars and bouzouki.

The ensemble, which provided the pre show music for the 2010 World of Wearable Art awards in Wellington, will launch its first studio album, Beyondsemble, on this, the group’s first tour with Arts On Tour NZ.

For more information, see: or contact:
Diana Moir, AOTNZ media publicist,
03 355 2691, mobile: 021 126 5738, Email:
Steve Thomas, Arts On Tour NZ Trust,
Craig Denham, 021 982 306,

“….the show was nothing short of a pyrotechnic display of dazzling virtuosity by four highly imaginative and gifted musicians.”
Mike Nettmann, About the Arts

Craig Denham has been composing and performing most of his life. He began playing professionally at age 12 with his father Bob Denham, a Kerikeri jazz saxophone and clarinet player. Craig has opened at the Auckland Festival with the Mamaku Project, played WOMAD and performed in Australia, The United States, UK and Ireland, France and the Islands.

Jess Hindin has a performance degree in violin from Auckland University and currently performs in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. After university, she travelled to Ireland and joined a traditional Irish stage show in Galway. While she was there, she successfully auditioned for the internationally touring world music show “Barrage” based in Alberta Canada. She returned home after five years of extensive touring to continue her career as a full time freelance musician concentrating more on writing and arranging music. When she’s not touring one of her bands, Jessica spends time in the studio recording for various jazz, country, and celtic artists.
Bios continued
After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music in 2006, Mark Mazengarb visited the U.S. where he learned from a variety of top guitarists. Returning to New Zealand, he received the Frank-Winter Memorial Award at the 2008 Auckland Folk Festival, given to aspiring young musicians with clear musical goals. The award enabled him to travel to Nashville to attend and perform at the Chet Atkins Convention. Mark performs in several bands and is also a soloist. He recently released his debut album – Acoustic Affair.

Chris Koole grew up in a musical family where he and his brothers learned the piano before moving onto guitar and drums. A composer as well as a performer, Chris has created his own version of the cajon (box drum) as a way to reproduce most of the sounds of a drum kit without having to transport one.

Arts On Tour New Zealand
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.


Friday 2 September 7pm, Waimamaku
Morrell’s Cafe
$15 Door sales only

Saturday 3 September 7.30pm Kerikeri
Downstairs at Turner Centre
$25 Adults, $20 Concessions
Book: Turner Centre

Tuesday 6 September 7pm Thames
Kauaeranga Hall
$15 Book: Lisa 868-5999 or Nancy 868-9664

Wednesday 7 September Putaruru
The Plaza Theatre
$16 General Admission
Book: Plaza Box Office
Putaruru and Tokoroa Information Centres
Fraser’s Bookshop Take Note Matamata

Thursday 8 September 7pm Opotiki
Arts Heritage Hall, King St
$25 Book: The Travel Shop, Church Street

Friday 9 September 7.30pm Taumarunui
Little Theatre, Miriama St
$20 Book: TMP Fashions, Hakiaha St

Saturday 10 September 7.30pm Carterton
St Mark’s Church, High St
$25 Book: Masterton I-Site,
Carterton Information Centre, Greytown Library

Tuesday 13 September 7.30pm Wanaka
The Riverhouse
$25 Book: Video Ezy, Wanaka
Wednesday 14 September 8pm Gore
James Cumming Wing
$25 Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

Thursday 15 September 7.30pm Invercargill
Centrestage Theatre, Don St
$25/$20(incl booking fee) Groups $15 (10 or more)

Friday 16 September 7.30pm Roxburgh
Town Hall
Adult $20, School Student $10
Door sales

Saturday 17 September 7.30pm Cromwell
Conference Centre, Golden Gate Lodge
Adults $25; SuperGold $20; Student/Child $15
Book: Cromwell I-Site

Sunday 18 September 7:30 PM Dunedin
New Edinburgh Folk Club
The Church Cafe & Bar, Dundas St.
$15 Book:

Tuesday 20 September 7.30pm Geraldine
Geraldine Cinema
Adults $15, Students $10 Children under 10 Free, door sales $20
Book: Tresjoli Giftware 03 693 9339

Wednesday 21 September 7pm Ashburton
Art Gallery
$20 General Admission, $18 Friends of the Gallery
Book: Ashburton Art Gallery

Thursday 22 September 7.30pm Reefton
Area School Library
$10 Adults, $5 Students, Family $20
Book: 03 732 8542

Friday 23 September 7.30pm Okarito
Donovan’s Store
Book: Debbie 03 753 4017 or Edwina Ph 03 753 4014

Sunday 25 September 2.30pm Westport
NBS Theatre
$20 Adults, $15 Seniors and Students
Book: NBS Theatre 03 789 4219Or online

Thursday 29 September 8.30pm Takaka
Mussel Inn, Onekaka
$10.00 Book: The Mussel Inn

Friday 30 September 7.30pm Nelson
Theatre Royal
$30 Adults, $25 Groups of 4+, Theatre Royal Family members and seniors
$20 Students
Book: Everyman Records 03 548 3083

Saturday 1 October 7.30pm Blenheim
The Wisheart Room, Marlborough Civic Theatre
$25 Book: The Marlborough Civic Theatre Box Office or 03 520 8560


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