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Nathan Haines Collaborates With NZSO

Published: Mon 8 Nov 2004 12:03 AM
Nathan Haines Collaborates For First Time With A Symphony Orchestra
It's A Family Affair New Zealand's Biggest Selling Jazz Artist In His First Collaboration With The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Bmw Finale Series 2004
A classically trained flutist, graduating to the saxophone at 14, Nathan Haines attributes much of his success to his father - Kevin Haines, who taught him jazz from the age of four - in a recent interview, Haines says, "I'm a jazz musician at heart, my father's a jazz musician, I love playing jazz - but it doesn't really matter to me in what setting or style."
Fast forward to the 2004 BMW Finale Series with the NZSO this December and New Zealand's own Nathan Haines showcases his eclectic fusion of jazz, soul and funk in his first collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
A new mix of music with arrangements by Grammy award winning arranger/pianist Alan Broadbent, that includes tracks from his highly acclaimed albums Squire For Hire and Sound Travels, conducted by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich. Other musicians will include his father, Kevin on Double bass and brother, Joel Haines (who will also be contributing material) on guitar. The concert will also include favourites 'Look of Love' by Burt Bacharach and Cole Porter's classic 'Everytime we say Goodbye' as well as Haines' own tracks - 'Oblivion' and 'Impossible Beauty'
Nathan Haines is one of the most talented jazz musicians to step onto a stage or into a recording studio in New Zealand. A sensation around Auckland in his teens with the now legendary, 'Jazz Committee', including brother Joel on guitar, Nathan defined his position with unbelievably cool jazz with substance, and pure untouched style.
His first album 'Shift Left' (1995) remains the biggest selling New Zealand jazz album to date, a record and a period that still inspires aspiring New Zealand jazz/dance producers. It was picked up by Verve, the legendary US jazz label and released in 15 countries. Now based in London, he has since gone on to release three more albums culminating in 'Squire for Hire' (2003).
NZSO Associate Conductor, Hamish McKeich has forged an enviable reputation as one of New Zealand's leading contemporary music specialists. An extremely versatile performer, he has conducted a large variety of mediums including symphonic, contemporary, opera, chamber ensemble and big band. A founding member of contemporary ensemble 'Stroma', McKeich also regularly returns to Holland to direct the EX Orkest, exponents of semi-improvised punk jazz and in 2002 embarked on a third European tour with them.
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - LISTINGS DECEMBER BMW FINALE SERIES NZSO plus Nathan Haines Wednesday 8 December, 8pm TOWN HALL CHRISTCHURCH Friday 10 December, 8pm MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE WELLINGTON Saturday 11 December, 8pm ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE AUCKLAND
BMW Finale Series featuring New Zealand's own Nathan Haines with his eclectic fusion of jazz, soul and funk in his first collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. A new mix of music with arrangements by Alan Broadbent, includes tracks from his highly acclaimed new album Squire For Hire, conducted by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich.
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