The Noveltones
The Noveltones, Tom Callwood, Jasmin Lovell-Smith, Blair Lathan and Tristan Carter. Photo Supplied

Wellington’s jazz, composition, experimental and world music scenes are heading our way, in the form of Chamber Music New Zealand’s The Noveltones concert, featuring four major creative voices from the capital.

The group is an improvising chamber quartet, featuring an unusual instrumentation of violin, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and double base, in a fusion of spontaneous improvisation with lush chamber music. Their own compositions offer a variety including tranquil ballads, off-kilter swinging jazz, folksy melodies and mind-opening avant-garde.

Jasmine Lovell-Smith, is a soprano saxophonist and composer, whose work explores the intersections of jazz, chamber music and improvisation.

She was based for a number of years in the United States and Mexico, during which time she released two albums.

Blair Latham is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose passion is the bass clarinet. He performs in genres ranging from jazz, blues, Latin and funk to avant-garde. He has returned to Wellington after touring with jazz bands in Mexico.

Tristan Carter, violinist, composer and field recordist, is a popular collaborator for theatre, dance and film/TV in New Zealand. He is a composer and performer with Java Dance Theatre, and has toured extensively in New Zealand, and performed in arts festivals in Australia, China and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tom Callwood has been a bassist in the New Zealand music scene for over 25 years, recorded and toured extensively both nationally and internationally, including with The Phoenix Foundation/NZSO and Lucien Johnson. He has collaborated with distinguished international artists including Evan Parker, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Brotsmann, Jobic Le Masson and Barre Phillips.

The concert is brought to Central Otago by Arts Central, at Coronation Hall, Bannockburn, on Tuesday 7th December at 7.30pm.


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