High flying for low-key player
He had been learning the guitar for less than a year, but Porirua teen Ezra Blaza had an audience with more than 100 of New Zealand’s most influential people at the inauguration of GovernorGeneral Jerry Mateparae last week.
Pukerua Bay musician Danilo Blaza was playing a gig at Lembas Cafe in Raumati South with his son Ezra, 17, and friend Meg Prasad, 14, when he was talent spotted by Lieutenant General Mateparae, a resident of the area, who asked for his number and if he could play at his inauguration at Government House on August 31.
Mr Blaza invited Ezra and Meg along to support him and play some solos while he took a break.
The trio played for about two hours in the ballroom of Government House after the main ceremony.
The guest list included 130 politicians, diplomats and other high-profile people. Songs included covers of Cat Stevens, The Beatles and tunes from Mr Blaza’s homeland in the Philippines, and original compositions.
Mr Blaza has been part of the Kapiti Live Music Club for 10 years and four years ago started the open mic night at Finns in Paekakariki.
Ezra only took his first formal guitar lesson this year.
Mr Blaza said he was ‘‘ not so much nervous’’ beforehand, but was overwhelmed to have scored such a flash gig.