Mu­sic treats at mu­seum

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Pataka Mu­seum’s con­cert se­ries starts on June 22 with a newly-formed group that will bring to­gether south­ern In­dia and con­tem­po­rary New Zealand sounds.

Ya­sodha Narayanan, who is help­ing to or­gan­ise the young mu­si­cians group Id­hayam, said they only came to­gether in Oc­to­ber, but are prov­ing pop­u­lar in the re­gion.

‘‘The group has played a few con­certs, at fes­ti­vals and for an event at Par­lia­ment. It’s been a good run,’’ he said.

Narayanan said Id­hayam had eight to 10 mem­bers and played Car­natic and Hin­dus­tani mu­sic with sax­o­phone, piano, bass gui­tar, drums, per­cus­sion, vi­o­lin and vo­cals.

‘‘It varies in terms of the num­ber of people who will play. We have an in­ti­mate set­ting and an up­beat, cre­ative style of mu­sic and there is a lot of in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence.

‘‘There are sto­ries told in the mu­sic and a real mul­ti­cul­tural feel. Some of us have fam­ily in Porirua so we can’t wait to play at Pataka.’’

This is the ninth year of the win­ter se­ries of con­certs, or­gan­ised by Friends of Pataka.

Friends mem­ber Bar­bara Mar­shall said the orig­i­nal fo­cus of the se­ries was to give young mu­si­cians an op­por­tu­nity to give a pub­lic per­for­mance.

‘‘Over the years this has been ex­tended to in­clude very ac­com­plished mu­si­cians, giv­ing au­di­ences the chance to hear mu­sic and gen­res they might not other­wise hear in our area,’’ she said.

‘‘This year there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.’’

Each con­cert starts at 2pm. Friends of Pataka mem­bers free, non-mem­bers $5. Un­der-18 free. June 22: Id­hayam June 29: Lud­wig Tre­vi­ranus, con­cert pi­anist. July 6: Welling­ton Male Voice Choir. July 13: Dr Jane Curry, clas­si­cal gui­tarist.

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