New Music Collective

Christchurch's New Music Collective

Wednesday 21 October 2015 - 8:00pm - David Friesen, Reuben Bradley & Dixon Nacey - Live at Orange Studios

This special live studio experience will feature harmonically and melodically creative original compositions by David Friesen, joined by two of New Zealand's finest jazz aficionados.

David Friesen: Bass
Dixon Nacey: Guitar
Reuben Bradley: Drums

"Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen." – Nat Hentoff
"David Friesen is doing for the bass what Pythagoras did for triangles." – Jazz Magazine

Doors open: 7.30pm
Show starts: 8pm

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

David Friesen (USA)8pm

US bass virtuoso David Friesen ( is a true jazz legend and has been heralded as one of the most prolific and influential jazz bassists of the past four decades.

David Friesen’s music whilst clearly based in jazz, is also characterised by folk influences, and touches of classical and Jewish music — all combined with substantial spontaneity, lyrical strength, emotional warmth and quick-witted creativity. Anyone acquainted with David Friesen’s exceptional music quickly thinks of his creative universe. Ocean-deep in his sensitivity to the human spirit, Friesen is compassionate and his music founded on integrity and the pursuit of excellence.

Thursday 24 September 2015 - 7:30pm - Live @ Orange Studios

NMC presents JAZZ SLAM 2015 - The first of three nights of mind blowing original Christchurch JAZZ hosted at Orange Studios. This performance is to be filmed and recorded so come along and add a holler and a dollar towards the recording!

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

Heavy Water Quartet

Heavy Water is a Christchurch based jazz quartet lead by guitarist, Heather Webb.  After graduating from CPIT MusicArts (formerly CPIT Jazz School), Heather is currently studying her Jazz Performance Honours with tutoring from Auckland based guitarist, Dixon Nacey.  Heavily influenced by the modern New York sound, this concert will showcase Heather’s latest arrangements of tunes from the standard jazz repertoire.  Featuring remarkable musicians Dominic Spiteri (piano), Bradley Grainger (Bass) and Daniel Pawsey (Drums), this ensemble promises to deliver a fresh, exciting concert not to be missed.

Tickets and further info available HERE.



Tom Harris and Michael Thompson are both graduates of the Christchurch Jazz School. They started jamming together in 2014 to explore the possibilities of a duo setting between Keyboard and Drums incorporating electronic elements, with a focus on improvising, and exploring the full spectrum of dynamics from dreamy ambiance to high intensity techno rock. In 2015 fellow graduate Chris Wethey joined the group on Bass/Synth Bass, expanding the group’s scope and sound. Influences of Mechanalog include: Mehliana, Now Vs Now, James Blake, Dorian Concept, Sean Wayland.

Tickets and further info available HERE.

Friday 25 September 2015 - 7:30pm - Live @ Orange Studios

NMC presents JAZZ SLAM 2015 - The second of three nights of mind blowing original Christchurch JAZZ hosted at Orange Studios.

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

Jimmy Rainey

Jimmy Rainey is a young emerging saxophonist from Christchurch, NZ. Drawing his influence from a growing variety of artists and genres, Rainey has a sound that is always evolving. Joined by a group of the city’s rising jazz musicians, Rainey and band will be performing a set of original modern jazz, as well as new interpretations of standards.

Rainey is currently completing his third year of study in the CPIT Jazz degree, majoring in both performance and arranging. He frequently performs with a number of Christchurch based groups, such as the Justice Brass Band and Symposium Big Band. He has also recently toured around New Zealand with Canadian trumpet player Mike Field, and also as a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir.

Tickets and further info HERE.


Reuben Derrick’s Poltroon

Reed player and sonic artist Reuben Derrick recently returned from the Music Omi residency in New York, where he explored collaborations with exciting artists from many different musical and cultural backgrounds. His local project Poltroon will feature musical delights Maree Thom-bass and Jonty O’Connor -drums who will share an exhilarating journey of vibration, rhythm, melody and texture.

Tickets and further info HERE.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - 7:30pm - Live @ Orange Studios

NMC presents JAZZ SLAM 2015 - The third and final night of mind blowing original Christchurch JAZZ hosted at Orange Studios.

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

Tim Sellars "Mukhlisa"

Tim Sellars is a Christchurch based drummer/percussionist and graduate of the CPIT Jazz School and University of Canterbury. During his music Honours study at UC, he was exposed to the percussion instruments of the Middle-East and thrived at the challenge of playing them in a traditional setting and with a Jazz ensemble.

Mukhlisa is a world music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with the Middle-Eastern percussion instruments which makes for an exciting, fresh Jazz sound. The band has performed with various instrumentation line ups and was first showcased at Christchurch’s New Music Collective “World of Jazz” night in 2012. This concert will showcase the beautiful sounds and playing of Tim Sellars (percussion), Tamara Smith (flute), Glen Wagstaff (guitar), and Michael Story (Upright bass).

Earlier this year the band travelled up to Auckland to play at the 1885 basement bar as part of the CJC (Creative Jazz Club) series. This was the bands first time playing in Auckland together and was a huge success. The band are excited to be recording their first studio album late October 2015.

Tickets and further info available HERE.

Alice Tanner

Alice is completing her final paper at CPIT Jazz School while teaching and performing around the city. She found her love for composing and arranging while at Jazz School, where she majored in performance vocals. She draws her inspiration from a wide range of singers and a classical background in both piano and cello. Alice’s sound is a mix of modern jazz and soul, and features some amazing Christchurch musicians: Darren Pickering, piano, Chris Wethey, bass and Jesse Hughes, drums.

Tickets and further info available HERE.

Monday 13th July 2015 - 7:30pm - Live @ Orange Studios

This performance is a live recording in front of a friendly audience - you!

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

General Admission $20
Concession $10
Tickets available through

Coffee available.
BYOB welcome.

The Ghost Chorus [WGTN] – Jazz Quintet

The Ghost Chorus, a Wellington quintet, bring their fresh musical perspectives to the South Island for the first time. Drawing on elements of the unknown, they present an experience of high energy and wild discovery, interspersed with moments of raw vulnerability.

The well-traveled drums/bass team of Hikurangi Schaverien Kaa and Christchurch’s own Umar Zakaria co-lead this ensemble, representing the best of Wellington’s creative music scene in all of its forms. Saxophonist Bryn van Vliet lends his powerful voice to a repertoire of original melodies penned by members of the group. He also is known for his work with Tunes of I and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra. Up-and-comer Calum Dundas from the New Zealand School of Music brings his strong sense of musical honesty to the table, joined by the gifted young pianist Leonardo Coghini who is fresh out of high school.

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - 8pm @ Orange Studios

Doors open 7.30pm
Show & live recording starts 8pm

*SOLD OUT* Presales $20 GA $15 Student
*SOLD OUT* Door Sales $25 GA $15 Student

Capacity at the venue has now reached the brink! Luckily Orange Studio will be offering limited seats in their isolated recording booths (with headphone audio) for a lucky few! If you’ve just missed out on a ticket but still want to come along, consider one of these tickets for $15 each.

Orange Studios
3/1063 Ferry Rd
Ferrymead Christchurch

BYO and limited drinks available.

NMC presents: Reuben Bradley Trio featuring Taylor Eigsti (NYC) Cthulhu Rising Album Launch


The New Music Collective and Orange Studio proudly present The Reuben Bradley Trio (Wellington/NYC/Sydney).
Dark and mystical, the nightmarish stories of famed horror author H. P. Lovecraft have been brought to life through Tui Award-winning drummer/composer Reuben Bradley’s latest jazz album Cthulhu Rising, released on tour this June.
First recorded in New York in 2013 and premiered at the 2014 Wellington Jazz Festival, Bradley presents his haunting compositions to an Australasian audience for the first time, accompanied by two-time Grammy-nominated musician Taylor Eigsti (US) and first-class bassist Brett-Hirst (NZ/Aus).

Inspired by the rhythm and tone of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu series, Cthuhlu Rising is distinguished by rich melodies punctuated with striking angles, through a performance that uses a mix of electronics and improvisations to add an other-worldliness to the experience.

Augmenting Bradley’s dark, edgy beat, Taylor Eigsti’s lyrical swagger spotlights a pianist/composer of well-established ability. Having worked with such musical luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton and Esperanza Spalding, performed in venues as renowned as the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and penned a variety of orchestral and film compositions, Eigsti’s accomplishments are immense. Matched by the serious musicality of bass player Brett Hirst there is a confidence within the trio which allows for both consistency and experimentation.

The Cthulhu Rising album release tour is set to hit main centres of New Zealand as well as and Sydney, Australia, from 7-13 June this year. More information about the album and tour can be found at

To support the making of ‘Cthulhu Rising’ further, please visit Reuben’s funding campaign on Boosted to give what you can towards the production costs of such an epic piece of work.

Tickets and further info HERE.

July 31st 7:30PM @ Orange Studio

1063c Ferry Road
Doors open: 7:30PM
General Admission: $20 Concession: $10

Limited seating, so book your tickets online. Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible New York based drummer!

Mark Lockett Trio (NY) – Live @ Orange7:30PM

**New Music Collective Presents: Mark Lockett**

Tickets available from the Orange website:

Mark Lockett is a talented performer, composer and educator who has played with some of the finest jazz musicians on the Australasian scene today. He has recorded and toured extensively throughout Australia,
New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore with his own trio, quartet and quintet ensembles.

Mark has performed alongside Julien Wilson, Dave Rex, Paul Van Ross, Mark Fitzgibbon, Philip Rex, Alex Boneham, Mark Elton, Michelle Nicole (Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2001, 2003 and 2004), Alison Wedding (2004 Bell Award winner), Tim Hopkins (1993 Australian Jazz Award winner), Roger Manins (2002 Australian Jazz award winner), Joe Chindamo and Jamie Oehlers (2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition winner) to name a few.

Mark’s latest release Sneaking Out After Midnight (2012, Rattle Records) includes a suite of original tunes. Recorded at Acoustic Recording in Brooklyn NY and features NY heavy weights Joel Frahm (Saxophone) and Orlando Le Fleming (Bass).“Mark Lockett shines in his new trio recording” – Mike Nock (March 2013). “This CD sounds
phenomenal. I Love it” – Ari Hoenig (June 2013).

Other releases by Mark include About Time (2004, Move Records), Mark Lockett, Paul Van Ross Live at Spleen (2005, New Market Records), and Now and Then (2009, Move Records).

Mark has studied with world-renowned international performers Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Henry Cole, Jim Black, Graham Morgan, Andrew Gander, Felix Bloxsom, Ben Vanderwal and Roger Sellers.

Born in Wellington (New Zealand), Mark now resides in New York.

This concert will feature local Christchurch musicians Chris Wethey (Bass) and Rueben Derrick (Tenor Sax).

Coming up at NMC

August 4th 7:00PM @ Orange Studio

Dixon Nacey – Live @ Orange 7:00PM

**New Music Collective Presents: Dixon Nacey (AKL)**

Tickets available from the Orange website:

Dixon Nacey is a guitarist based in Auckland, New Zealand, whose 20 year music career has seen him perform with some of New Zealand’s top jazz & pop musicians as a backing artist and session player. His guitar can be heard on a variety of albums and he teaches jazz and regularly hosts guitar workshops throughout the country. Notable pop and jazz artists he has been fortunate enough to perform with include Nathan Haines, King Kapisi, Tama Waipara, Annie Crummer, Whirimako Black, Caitlin Smith, Roger Manins, Michel Benebig (New Caledonia) and Tim Hopkins.

He has recorded three jazz albums (2008, 2011 and 2013) with the ‘Samsom Nacey Haines Trio’, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award. He also leads his own jazz combos, manages and performs with ‘The Kingpins’ corporate band, plays a covers band circuit with ‘Black Salt’ and has recently been through USA, Canada, New Caledonia, Singapore, The Cook Islands and Thailand with his music.

Dixon currently teaches jazz theory, guitar and leads combos at Auckland University, Massey University and Excel School of Performing Arts. As a music teacher he has also built a large following through his YouTube channel ( which lead to the development and launch of what has become a very successful video tutorial based Jazz Guitar website;

New Music Collective (NMC) is a local body of Christchurch musicians that create and facilitate performance opportunities for original/creative/new music.

This happens with two bands performing every fortnight. NMC works in alongside other main centres and help host national and international touring acts with the aim of expanding the creative music community, creating opportunities and collaborations and providing inspiration.

Produced and edited by Sam Blakelock
Filmed by Harry Knight, David Chan and Sebastian Beyrer

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