A Synthesized Universe comes to Tāmaki Makaurau, and public shows in summer.
A Synthesized Universe - Auckland Arts Festival
Tickets for all shows here
Wed, March 20, 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 21, 6;30 and 8;30 pm
Sunday, March 24, 4:30 and 6:30 pm
We’re beyond excited to be bringing A Synthesized Universe to Tāmaki Makaurau for the first time, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
A Synthesized Universe is an immersive, 360-degree experience that uses the possibilities of a modern planetarium and its map of the known universe. Developed over months with Andrew Charlton and The Otago Museum, we’re teaming up with Stardome Observatory & Planetarium to perform the show six times over three evenings in March.
Throughout the show, myself and an operator will perform together in real time, with room for improvisation - using Stardome’s planetarium as a kind of visual instrument. Along with science communication, a surreal sense of storytelling and physical movement, the custom animations by Andrew Charlton make this a multi-sensory experience.
Public shows - New Zealand Summer
I’m performing some free or donation entry public shows over summer in New Zealand cities. Responding to the current exhibition at City Gallery, Yona Lee’s In Transit, the Open Late performance will be a condensed version of 2018’s Rail Land show.
Sun, January 27 - Palmerston North Summer Series, Memorial Gardens, Free Entry
Thur, Feb 7 - Open Late, City Gallery Wellington, Koha Entry
Old Images, and Rail Land
Our most recent release is the song and video ‘Old Images.’ The song was recorded with my long-time collaborator Jonathan Pearce, and a wide cast of guest collaborators. It features a string section arranged by Matthew Bodman, performed by a quartet lead by Charmian Keay.
Song Engineered and produced by Jonathan Pearce and Anthonie Tonnon. Strings performed by Charmian Keay, Nick Dow, Nathan Pinkney and Kathleen Tomacruz. Strings arranged by Matthew Bodman. Bass by David Flyger. Acoustic drums by Tristan Deck. Additional vocals by Nadia Reid. Mastered by Tom Healey.
The song has nothing to do with railways. However, an invitation to film a music video in my home city, Ōtepoti, led us to a new story, one I felt compelled to tell - the story of the last suburban train network in the South Island.
Video directed by Julian Vares. Styling and assisting by Karlya Smith, Research by Anthonie Tonnon. Thanks to NZ on Air, the Dunedin City Council, Dunedin Railways, Kiwirail, and Toitu. Suit and shoes courtesy of Barkers and R.M Williams.
The process of researching and filming the video became all-consuming, and led us to a radical idea - a concept tour called Rail Land.
Rail Land is a tour where every show is designed so that the audience, as well as the performer, can travel to and from the show by affordable and extraordinary passenger rail. The 2018 season of Rail Land is now complete - but you can see more about what and why it was at the Rail Land section of the site.
Two Free Hands, and about this website
We started this site to release the song and Extended Player, Two Free Hands, which you can find at the store and stream below, along with other releases and merchandise.
Around the time we launched, I performed Two Free Hands for Radio New Zealand. While the technology has condensed even further since then, it remains a good touchstone for the approach of the live show.
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