Art in­vites any­one to jam

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

A tem­po­rary art project in­vites Auck­lan­ders to find their rhythm.

POP per­cus­sion stands have been set up around the city and any­one is in­vited to stop and play.

And just in case any­one won­dered what the stands were for, the Haere Mai Taiko drum­mers have been bang­ing, crash­ing and tap­ping their tunes all over Pon­sonby.

Af­ter per­form­ing on some of New Zealand’s big­gest stages, tak­ing their act to the street was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the drum­mers. The Pop Per­cus­sion stands are slightly dif­fer­ent to their usual in­stru­ments.

‘‘It took a lit­tle while to fig­ure out what we could play,’’ Taiko drum­mer He­len Au says. ‘‘It’s a bit dif­fer­ent but we can im­pro­vise.’’

The stands are prov­ing popular, par­tic­u­larly when peo­ple are wait­ing for public trans­port.

‘‘In the morn­ings we’ll see peo­ple sit­ting and play­ing,’’ Auck­land Coun­cil arts and cul­ture ad­viser Tracey Wil­liams says.

‘‘It’s in the dead times we’ve cre­ated that in­ter­rup­tion that gets peo­ple in­volved.’’

POP is sup­ported by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board and is driven by the idea of pre­sent­ing the city in a new way, us­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion to en­gage peo­ple.

Lo­cal board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says there is a chance for all Auck­lan­ders to get in on the ac­tion.

‘‘[The projects] all have dif­fer­ent lev­els of quirk­i­ness to them. They get peo­ple to stop for a mo­ment and bring art to the street.

‘‘The idea is to get the re­served Auck­lan­ders pick­ing up things and do­ing some­thing,’’ he says.

Haere Mai Taiko drum­mers He­len Au and Fu­miko Good­hue play an im­promptu show at a Pop per­cus­sion stand in Pon­sonby.

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