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Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa fine tunes Kiwi faves

Published: Fri 13 May 2016 12:47 PM
13 May 2016
Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa fine tunes Kiwi faves for NZ Music Month
A charity that mentors at-risk youth is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with a concert that will see local musicians arrange new medleys for favourite Kiwi music.
Presented by the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa (CTOA), the ‘Iconically NZ’ concert will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at 7pm at the Te Oro community centre in Glen Innes, Auckland.
Local bands The Levites, Brass4sho and Ebony Strings will play new arrangements and medleys of strictly New Zealand music from the likes of Supergroove, Scribe, P Money, Lorde, Katchafire, Ardijah, Herbs and Otara Millionaires Club.
Christian Mausia, a key mentor at CTOA, says he’s had the idea for a while and is stoked to finally see it become reality. “This has been an idea in my head for ages.
“For years we have been organising events which consist of American and European music but we have never dedicated a concert to purely New Zealand music. What could be better than doing it than in the New Zealand Music Month?”
Crescendo is hosting and recording the event at Te Oro, a community music and arts centre in Glen Innes where young people come together to learn, practice and perform all forms of cultural arts. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 dollars for people in a group of five or more. They can be purchased from Eventfinda or the reception desk at the Te Oro building.
The CTOA is a non-profit charitable trust which provides a development programme for young people who might otherwise fall through the gaps of traditional education. Via mentoring, personal development and training in music, film, photography, media and communication, the programme enables young people to rise above the cycles of poverty and abuse.
Led by musician Marcus Powell (Blacklistt, Blindspott), the programme covers songwriting, beat making, arrangement, production, recording, studio time, instrument and microphone knowledge, stage presence and live act. Young artists and bands get the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals, perform in front of a live audience, and sell their music and merchandise at gigs and online. www.ctoa.co.nz
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