LUCIEN JOHNSON QUARTET

ABOUT

Lucien Johnson is an award winning musician who has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle” (Wellington Jazz Festival), as “a miraculous musician” (Radio NZ) and as “a composer and arranger of supreme skill” (Dominion Post). He is joined in this quartet by some of New Zealand’s finest musicians: celebrated pianist Jonathan Crayford; and Tom Callwood, eminent double bassist for groups such as The Phoenix Foundation and Little Bushman; and rising star Cory Champion on the drums.

Lucien’s compositions reflective of some of the places that he has lived in and travelled to: France, Haiti, Ethiopia and of course, some reflections on our own wonderful country and musical heritage. Included in the set are two traditional waiata which Lucien will reinterpret. As a recent recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency he will be returning from New York for the tour and looks forward to seeing how this experience will influence the music.

PROGRAMME

A set of original compositions from Lucien’s 2017 album ‘West of the Sun’ and new material from his upcoming album ‘Kairangi’, complemented by interpretations of traditional waiata

THE MUSICIANS

Lucien Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Crayford Piano
Tom Callwood Double Bass
Cory Champion Drums

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
31 May – 16 August 2020

DURATION
95 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Upper Hutt, Whanganui, Motueka, Cromwell, Oamaru, Gisborne, Kerikeri, Warkworth & Whangarei

PRESENTERS
This concert is presented in association with Aroha Music Society, Chamber Music Wanganui, Cromwell & Districts Community Arts Council, Expressions Whirinaki, Motueka Music Group, Musica Viva Gisborne, Oamaru Opera House, Warkworth Music, Whangarei Music Society.

WHEN AND WHERE

UPPER HUTT

Sun 31 May

Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre

WHANGANUI

Sat 4 Jul

Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate School

MOTUEKA

Wed 29 Jul

Chanel Arts Centre

CROMWELL

Fri 31 Jul

Coronation Hall

OAMARU

Sat 1 Aug

Oamaru Opera House

GISBORNE

Thu 6 Aug

Tairāwhiti Museum

KERIKERI

Fri 14 Aug

Turner Centre

WARKWORTH

Sat 15 Aug

Warkworth Town Hall

WHANGAREI

Sun 16 Aug

Old Library Building Arts Centre

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