THE BLUE MOMENTS PROJECT - LIVE AND LOCAL ON THE WANAKA APP
The Wanaka App previewed The Blue Moments project before the 2017 Southern Lakes Festival of Colour:
THE WHOLE SPECTRUM
April 10, 2017
Columnist Liz Breslin wrote about The Blue Moments Project in the Otago Daily Times:
THE BLUE MOMENTS PROJECT IS BACK WITH A THREE-TOWN TOUR
MEDIA RELEASE: September 5, 2017
The Blue Moments Project, an evening of jazz, blues and spoken word, is back with a three-town tour of Wanaka, Queenstown and Dunedin in September and October.
The tour The Blue Moments Project’s first outing since its sold-out premiere in the Crystal Palace at Southern Lakes Festival of Colour earlier this year.
Festival-goers described The Blue Moments Project as everything from "hypnotic" and "transformative", to "like a Leonard Cohen/Jill Scott/Graham Sydney hybrid thing".
The show is a cycle of 10 songs and 10 spoken poems which explore ideas of landscapes, longing and what it means to be foreign.
A collaboration between Canadian poet Laura Williamson, who is based in Wanaka, and New Zealand composer Angela Mote, who lives in Cambridge, the songs, which range from jazz to blues to a smattering of classical and a touch of bossa nova, are unusual in that they're based on words that were not written as lyrics, but as poems.
Both keen mountain bikers, Angela and Laura first met through sport. “I asked her to go for a ride. It was a couple of years before I found out much about Ange’s work as a musician, and I’m not sure she even knew I was a writer at first,” Laura said.
But talk eventually turned to subjects other than cycling, and Laura, who also writes and publishes poetry, invited Angela along to an open mic poetry night she was running. The rest is Blue Moments history.
“I was interested in composition and songwriting, but I’d always struggled with lyrics. As soon as I heard Laura’s poems, I knew I wanted to put her words to music,” Angela explained.
Laura handed over a folder of her writing and The Blue Moments Project was the result.
The pair workshopped the songs with a group of Southern Lakes-based musicians: pianist Graeme Perkins, of Luggate, drummer Jeff Sinnott, who lives in Tarras, Wanaka bassist Dominic Stayne, and well-known Queenstown restaurateur Karen Hattaway, who will be familiar to local audiences from her performances at events such as the Queenstown Jazz and Blues Festival.
Angela said the input of the four other musicians, who have musical backgrounds ranging from composing award-winning film and television scores to playing “filthy blues gigs”, added to the unique flavour of the songs.
The group had also recorded a CD and have put together a book, a project they said was made possible by funding support from the Creative Communities Scheme, the Upper Clutha Arts Council and Central Lakes Trust, as well as donors to a successful PledgeMe campaign.
Books and CDs will be available for sale at the shows.
Tickets for The Blue Moments Project shows are on sale now
at eventfinda.co.nz – follow the links below.
WANAKA – September 30 at the Wanaka Presbyterian Church:
QUEENSTOWN – October 1 at St Peters Church Hall:
DUNEDIN – October 2 at Stuart Hall, Knox Church: