Gui­tarist plucked off street for role

Mu­si­cal direc­tor re­lieved to find fi­nal mu­si­cian for show busk­ing in town

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Show­biz Queen­stown mu­si­cal direc­tor Emma Wil­son was frus­trated.

She had ev­ery­one she needed to make up the 10-piece band for the im­pend­ing pro­duc­tion of Satur­day Night Fever ex­cept the cru­cial gui­tarist.

‘‘It’s very hard to find gui­tarists who read mu­sic and who aren’t gig­ging at night. We couldn’t find any­one and were right up to the dead­line.’’

It was her wed­ding an­niver­sary and she was out for lunch with her hus­band Mark when they spot­ted lo­cal busker Aki Shimizu play­ing at the wa­ter­front.

‘‘I just said: ‘that’s the guy I need’.’’

She had seen Shimizu pre­vi­ously at a clas­si­cal con­cert and was im­pressed.

‘‘He plays with feel­ing and un­der­stand­ing of the struc­ture of the mu­sic and that’s what I was look­ing for.’’

For his part, Shimizu was sur­prised and flat­tered.

A vet­eran of 25 years in Queen­stown, the Crowne Plaza re­cep­tion­ist mostly plays clas­si­cal gui­tar but is trained also in acous­tic and elec­tric gui­tar.

This will be his first mu­si­cal and in­cludes disco mu­sic, jazz num­bers and South Amer­i­can salsa dances.

‘‘It’s a chal­lenge but I like a new chal­lenge,’’ he said.

Wil­son said there was a great team of mu­si­cians be­hind the pro­duc­tion, all living lo­cally ex­cept three from Wanaka.

The full band list for the pro­duc­tion, which is the New Zealand pre­miere is: con­duc­tor, Emma Wil­son; gui­tar, Aki Shimizu; alto sax, An­gela MoteAn­drews; bass, Do­minic Stayne;

Fever. trum­pet 1, Gen Nu­maguchi; key­board 2, Graeme Perkins; tenor sax, Jared An­der­son; trom­bone, Luke Pe­tre; key­board 1, Mark Wil­son; per­cus­sion, Pa­trick Brooks; sax, Paul Frude.

Satur­dayNightFever mu­si­cal direc­tor Em­maWil­son was strug­gling to find a gui­tarist for the lat­est Show­biz Queen­stown pro­duc­tion – un­til she spot­ted Aki Shimizu busk­ing on the Lake Wakatipu wa­ter­front. What: Show­biz Queen­stown’s pro­duc­tion of Satur­dayNight Fever

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