For our next concert we welcome back the New Zealand Guitar Quartet who last performed in Motueka in 2012. Formed in Wellington in 2010, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet has quickly developed a following, with invitations to perform both locally and overseas. NZGQ members Owen Moriarty, John Couch, Christopher Hill and Jane Curry have achieved acclaim as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions; with each member contributing their individual strengths toward creating an exciting, dynamic and engaging ensemble. Covering a wide range of repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, the NZGQ has been praised for its diverse programming, technical brilliance and polished ensemble skills. Career highlights include the New Zealand premiere of the Concerto Andaluz by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Nelson Symphony (also performed with the Capital Concert Orchestra in Canberra, Australia), busy tour schedules with Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour, and concerts in the Adam International Chamber Music Festival, the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour and Christchurch Arts Festival. The NZGQ regularly commission new works. Recent additions to the quartet’s programme include Black Star (Homage to David Bowie) by Australian composer Marian Budos and Aotearoa Suite by New Zealand composer Bruce Paine.
The NZGQ return to their roots for this programme, paying tribute to a range of artists and representing styles as diverse as gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and flamenco – transporting audiences around the world in a single concert experience.
I’ll See you in my dreams (France/Gypsy Jazz) Django Rheinhardt
Peteology (NZ/Gypsy Jazz) Peter Leask
Ratchenitsa (Bulgaria) Jack Body
B & B (Country) Andrew York
Home Sweet Home (Bluegrass) Bela Flek
Rhapsody Espagnole Op.70 (Spain) Isaac Albeniz
El Amor Brujo (Spain) Manuel De Falla
Music for the Harmonium (Celtic) Simon Jeffes
Banaesa’s Green Glade (Celtic) Planxty/Andy Irvine