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.

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