UKOLOLLO - Friday
8th November - Rotorua Arts Village
Join Lorenzo Vignando
from Lucca, Tuscany for a "Woncert" (workshop
and concert) and ukulele multimedia experience.
Lorenzo plays, sings live,
in duet with himself and syncronized virtual guests projected
onto a round screen. Have a look at his you tube videos
to get the idea. Part of his programme includes "Kareoke"
with words and chords projected onto the screen so that
you can sing and play along with him.
His teaching philosophy
is "The Power of Division and Right Hand Rhumba and
Cha Cha". He teaches the "thinking ahead"
method which he says will allow you to play like a professional.
He will also haelp you with arranging a song with more
than one ukulele and the strums of the Rhumba and Cha
You'll be impressed!
Lorenzo's Ukulollo in action and Here
Comes The Sun - click to enjoy!
UKULELE CLINIC - Wednesday
20th November - Music Works
yourself up to speed so that you can join the Ukestration
Workshop on Sunday at the Arts Village.
Pukuatua Street on Wednesday evening, The Thermaleles will
be running a workshop for beginners. You can join other
newbies for a couple of hours and come away with sore fingers,
a smile on your face, and at least 6 chords and as many
songs under your belt!
truly is one for beginners!
UKESTRATION - Sunday
24th November - Rotorua Arts Village
Ukestration is pretty much as it sounds
(orchestrating songs for ukulele), although we convey
more than that. Our brief is to get people to play more
than just the chords in popular songs, to arrange the
songs into parts that challenges people, from beginner
parts through to more complex parts for more advanced
players. The song selection depends upon the range of
skills attending. We choose contemporary songs for this,
and are well known as entertaining and vibrant teachers
who have done workshops in the US, Vietnam and Singapore,
as well as festivals around Australia.
The aim is to sound good
for performances, and to provide material that helps people
learn more than they usually can in a hum n strum groupFor
more information check out their website The
Sum Of The Parts or download an information file.
& Jenny Rowlands -
Workshop: 3:30 to 5:00pm; Concert:
Been and gone, sorry you missed it but
have a look at everything else on offer!
instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist - one of
Australia's pioneer ukulele players
Feted and respected
in Hawaii, he is regarded as being among the best in the
The Museum provided a great "Lounge Room" experience
last Saturday night. The appreciative audience was entertained
by the whimsical harmonies of local ukulele quintet The
Thermaleles followed by AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands.
Together, with their
love of nostalgia, classical and film music they entertained
with a world class virtuoso duet of cello and ukulele, largely
Our journey included
a Magical Mystery Tour down memory lane through the Beatles,
a nostalgic trip back to the ukulele era of the twenties
and some of AJ's original numbers. The audience demanded
and encore and was rightly entertained by Pink Bond, a medley
of the Bond and Pink Panther themes. Check out a dash of
Bond, James Bond at the Melbourne
Ukulele Festival 2013...
THE BIG MUFFIN
SERIOUS BAND - 20 October Kiwipaka
done and dusted, you missed a great
Buy your tickets here:
or call Julie on (07) 348 3343 for information.
8 November -7:00pm
Arts Village $25
and $15 for under 16
all in one workshop and concert with
*20 November 6-8pm
1141 Pukuatua Street
Ukulele Clinic for Beginners
* 24th November Rotorua Arts Village
and $15 for under 16
all the way from Newcastle Australia
Events Been & Gone
all the way from Melbourne Australia
by Jenny Rowlands
20 October 1:00pm
sing-along and open mic at Kiwipaka with
all the way from Te Pahu
Big Muffin Serious Band
opened by Rotorua's own
The Night Market
Celebrating 30 years of manic music and mayhem from the Muffins.
Don't be put off by the mania or the mayhem because
the musicianship is top class! The Muffins have been entertaining
New Zealanders for three decades and have become a Waikato if
not New Zealand institution. Their thirthieth anniversary has
even been honoured by an exhibition at the Waikato Museum.
You can expect to laugh, maybe even cry, as you
hear some original numbers and some tunes you know, although I
guarrantee you'll also hear lyrics you've never heard before.
The Muffins honour the art of story telling through their antics
of re-enactment of the songs the perform.
The Muffins hit Kiwipaka for a workshop at 3:00pm
on Sunday the 20th October. Using their humorous patented "Dancing
Chords" method of tuition they teach novices both young and
old and anywhere in between. Mostly their material is directed
to recent players who want to progress beyond basic three chord
songs. They teach basic and slightly more complex chords, different
strumming techniques and rhythms, single note melody picking,
transposing and arrangement.
To get your full ration of ukulele magic, roll
up to Kiwipaka at 1:00pm and join with The Thermaleles for a ukulele
sing-along and open mic session.
Food and beverage available through out the event.
The Muffin's clever little "Baz"
will be bringing along some of his beautiful Captain
ukulele for you to look at and hopefully buy. If you were
thinking of buying a new uke then here's the best place to start
Bevan makes beautiful instruments
so bring your cheque book!