Christchurch Creative Ensemble
The Christchurch Creative Ensemble are from Christchurch City in New Zealand. They formed recently after the devastating earthquakes in February of 2011 with the common goal to strengthen the improvisational scene in Christchurch. The band includes Symon Palmer (Acoustic Bass), Harry Knight (Guitar) and Jonty O’Connor and regularly has guest artists.
This trio is currently attending the well-known CPIT Jazz School where they are working towards a Bachelor of Musical Arts. They are all passionate about maintaining a career as artists and through their work they strive to be a role model for other younger artists who wish to do the same thing. The group have played at festivals including 'Jazz in Martinborough', 'Hanmer Jazz and Blues Festival' and performed at a variety of events such as 'The International Jazz and Blues Festival', 'New Music Collective' and Rent Party Club' (two local projects that Christchurch Creative Ensemble are involved in running. There aims are to provide performance opportunities for original jazz artists in Chch, they also work as a platform for national and international artist who visit the city).
Harry Knight is a born and bred Christchurch based Musician, Composer/Arranger, Musical Director and Creative entrepreneur. He is also involved in the local film industry working with teams from ‘WETA Workshops’, local filmmakers and a collection of his own productions and collaborations. His involvement in the film industry includes work as a Producer, Director, Actor and Cinematographer. Harry has experience in event and project management as a freelancer and alongside the Council. His focus is currently on the rebuild of Christchurch city.
This year, Harry has been doing a research paper that focuses on the merging of the creative and entrepreneurial. This has led to him being heavily involved in starting up a number of creative initiatives contributing towards the arts community in Christchurch. Harry believes in a bright future for Christchurch and looks forward to working with more and more like minded people to help the arts be an integral part of the cities rebuild.