Jazz Virtuoso for Raumati

Unique chamber music in Raumati, with  Hayden Chisholm, on tour from Germany.

Hayden Chisholm, the internationally acclaimed Kiwi-born jazz composer, alto saxophonist and occasional throat-singer, on tour from Germany, is bringing his Unwind quartet to a house concert in Raumati on Friday 22 February.


Unwind, according to Graham Reid, travel writer and music reviewer, quietly invites listeners into “…a place of thoughtfulness and emotional depth.”

Chisholm has an extraordinary CV, says concert organiser Gilbert Haisman.

After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship, he continued his music studies in Japan and India, and in 1995 developed a new microtonal system he termed “split scales.”

Impressive CV

He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen, tours and records extensively, and has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films.  He has taught at universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece.

“He has the most beautiful tone I have ever heard from a saxophone,” says Haisman. “Several folk traditions of Europe and Asia inform some wonderfully melodic playing, which we also hear from his long-time associate, pianist Norman Meehan.  

To hear them in Jill and Bill Duncan’s wonderful house, with its splendid concert grand and beautiful garden, is not to be missed.” Meehan has frequently collaborated with poet Bill Manhire, including concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand, and three CDs with Rattle Records.

Chisholm will also be accompanied by bassist Paul Dyne, former Head of Jazz Studies at New Zealand School of Music, who has accompanied many leading international musicians.  

Julien Dyne coming too

The Unwind group, for their ‘Orange’ tour (named after their latest CD) is completed by Wellington percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Julien Dyne, who is also a noted painter.

Bookings for the BYO event, at $20, are essential. Email gilbertpiano1@gmail.com or ring 04 904 8428 or 022 0122 103. Doors will open at 7pm and the concert begins at 7.30 pm.

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