Two Free Hands Single and Extended Player, Performances with Don McGlashan, a night in Marlborough, and A Synthesized Universe - Encore Season.

  Image by Belinda Merrie for Sunday Magazine.

Image by Belinda Merrie for Sunday Magazine.

Two Free Hands, and upcoming shows with Don McGlashan and Framingham Underground.

It's my great pleasure to introduce Two Free Hands - a song and an Extended Player that has developed from two years of international touring and experiments with new technology. 

I've been touring Two Free Hands all this year, now over 50 shows since November 2017, including the recent New Zealand Fashion Week shows.

I'm excited to now take an evolving version of this show to Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury (a region I've been wanting to perform more in) supporting one of my songwriting heroes, Don McGlashan, in October. I'll also perform in Marlborough, thanks to the great folks at Framingham near Renwick.

Friday, October 5 - Auckland, Hollywood Cinema, Avondale* tickets here

Wednesday 10 and Saturday 13 - Wellington, Old St Pauls* tickets here

Thursday 18 - Rangiora Town Hall*, tickets here

Friday, 19 - Akaroa, Gaiety Hall*, tickets here

Saturday, 20 - Renwick, Framingham Underground (headline show), tickets here

*supporting Don McGlashan

A Synthesized Universe - Encore Season

Otago Museum and I are excited to announce that A Synthesized Universe will have an encore season - October 31, November 2 and 3. The show is our collaboration to create a 360 degree, immersive show that uses the possibilities of a planetarium and its map of the known universe.

What I love about this show is that we're operating the planetarium in real time, like an instrument - meaning no two shows are exactly the same. I look forward to seeing what it becomes as we get to know it.

A Synthesized Universe - Encore season

Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum

Tickets here

Wednesday, October 31 - 7pm and 9pm

Friday, November 2 - 7pm and 9pm

Saturday, November 3 - 7pm and 9pm

More on Two Free Hands, and this website

While the song, 'Two Free Hands,' is available on all good (and malignant) music services, the full EP is only available through this store,  Bandcamp, and music stores in New Zealand through Southbound distribution. 

The song was produced and recorded by Jonathan Pearce and myself, and features Anna Coddington on vocals, Stu Harwood on percussion and Octatrack, and Elizabeth Stokes on French Horn. Daniel Blackball Alexander has made the artwork.  

The EP includes a remix and collaboration with Jet Jaguar - the moniker of Wellington electronic producer Michael Upton, and a reworking of a song from Successor which has changed shape in my live set. This is an EP in the orginal, 'Extended Player' sense - a collection of songs that expand on a single song, rather than the modern, mini-album sense. More info about all that here.

For those who haven't seen the set in the last year - the song, 'Two Free Hands,' and the recent RNZ live session below plant the flag in the ground for what the approach is. 

Above - Two Free Hands in session on RNZ

The new music has partially developed out of touring overseas as a solo performer, and looking for ways to expand the sound with strange and wonderful technology.

In this new music, I've been trying hard to play with electronic elements the way I feel an instrumentalist should - in way that is fragile, different every time, and takes repetitive practice and concentration to keep together.

I've taken the opportunity of the release to launch this website. You can now buy tickets and merchandise directly from me, with no middle people. You can buy some things you'll find nowhere else - like the instrumental tracks to Successor.

I aim to make this website, and my mailing list my most important portals of communication. Joining the mailing list, or coming here means you don't need to use social media to know when i'm performing or releasing music. I respect your time, and have no wish to keep you here the way social media does - this is why I only send four emails to my list a year, and why I have no like or share buttons on my website.