Wanaka mu­sic sum­mit looms

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF REPORTER

Wanaka’s third an­nual mu­sic in­dus­try sum­mit, YAMI, is now 80 per cent sub­scribed and or­gan­is­ers are feel­ing ‘‘frothy’’ about the tu­tor line up and con­fir­ma­tion of $17,000 in fund­ing.

The YAMI Sounz Sum­mit tu­tor line up in­cludes ex-Shapeshifter Devin Abrams and Massey Univer­sity mu­sic lec­turer Brid­get John­son.

YAMI as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Mar­tine Hard­ing is de­lighted with sup­port from mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

‘‘We have a mu­sic lawyer from Melbourne, a mu­sic ed­i­tor from Pan­dora, Sydney and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from APRA, Recorded Mu­sic NZ and NZ on Air.

‘‘Add to that the artist tu­tors like Louis Baker, War­ren Maxwell, Barn­aby Weir, Moana Ma­niapoto and Anika Moa and you can see why we’re kinda frothy,’’ Hard­ing said.

Devin Abrams will tu­tor and per­form at the May 13-14 event.

‘‘It’s a wholly unique con­cept where adults can work along­side ran­gatahi and pro­fes­sion­als to find their place in this some­times bam­boo­zling cre­ative in­dus­try.

‘‘I can’t wait to be there again, and to per­form at the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre for the first time as Pa­cific Heights,’’ Abrams said.

John­son, of Massey Univer­sity’s School of Mu­sic, is also at­tend­ing the sum­mit for the first time and will tu­tor par­tic­i­pants in cre­at­ing in­stru­ments, soft­ware and hard­ware.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ In­cor­po­rated di­rec­tor Lynne Christie said 80% of sum­mit places have been filled.

‘‘No prior ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. Just an open mind and a few quirky ideas of where fu­ture mu­sic might take us,’’ Christie said.

YAMI Sounz Sum­mit has re­ceived grants from the Lion Foun­da­tion, Cen­tral Lakes Arts Sup­port Scheme, Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Scheme, Recorded Mu­sic NZ, QLDC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Massey Univer­sity.

ALDEN WIL­LIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

Pa­cific Heights’ Devin Abrams.

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