Pacific Heights is the solo electronica project of Wellington-based songwriter, music producer Devin Abrams aka DJ Reno. Best known for the fifteen years he spent as one of the founding members of New Zealand heavy soul band Shapeshifter, 'Airborne' is Devin's first single off Pacific Heights' album 'The Stillness'.
PACIFIC HEIGHTS AKA DEVIN ABRAMS
Pacific Heights is the solo electronica project of Wellington-based songwriter, music producer Devin Abrams aka DJ Reno. Best known for the fifteen years he spent as one of the founding members of New Zealand heavy soul band Shapeshifter, of late Devin's focus has returned to his solo work, heralding the arrival of a new album titled The Stillness early 2016. For Devin, The Stillness is a statement on the emotional state that led to the album. "It encapsulates some very deep personal trials and served as a vessel for those pains to be broken," he explains.
Since he began recording as Pacific Heights in 2002, Devin has used his unique command of melody and atmosphere to carve out his own lush takes on jungle/drum & bass, deep house, soul, hip-hop, future beats and beyond. Release by release, and performance by performance, he has continued to assert his importance to electronic music in New Zealand.
They're the questions every musician gets asked … "what is your process?", "where do you get your inspiration from?" and "how do you write your songs?".
Fledge finds the answers in this intimate, informative and illuminating performance featuring iconic singer/songwriters Julia Deans (Fur Patrol, The Adults) and Devin Abrams (Shapeshifter, DJ Reno, Pacific Heights).
Travel beyond the music and discover the heart and soul that brings a song to life.
Learn what inspires a song and how a songwriter creates the melodies and lyrics; find how other collaborators contribute to the development and see how the production transforms the work into its most public form - all while hearing the song’s evolution performed live by their creators supported by local musicians.
Check out the awesome video from the Heroes & Heroines of Christchurch concert, which took place at Victoria Square in Christchurch last month. ‘’Heroes and Heroines’’ celebrates the wealth of world-class musical talent that hails from our home, Otautahi. *Read more about the event and artists involved here*
JED & HERA AT THE ICELAND AIRWAVES MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 23:20PM – AT FREDERIKSEN
ICELAND TOUR DATES:
Miðvikudagur 12 November
Fimmtudagur 13 November
Föstudagur 14 November
Laugardagur 15 November
Sunnudagur 16 November
*Hús opna kl 20.30.
Allir tónleikar byrja kl 21.00
NEW YORK - USA SHOWS - THIS NOVEMBER!
A Deconstructed Film Experience - Live
Starring: Ant Glyph, ensemble of actors
Starts: 10 May 2014
Enter the mind of a madman…in a unique deconstructed film experience ‘Giving Up’ relives the multifaceted story of a boy growing up in 1970’s Dunedin, who discovers more than he ever expects about life and sexuality at his older brother’s flat party. His inspirational but challenging journey will leave you both entertained and inspired.
Created by prolific artist, writer and film maker AntGlyph - aka Anthony Piggott - and supported by a formidable army of talent, ‘Giving Up’ invites the audience to participate in a journey through the mind and life of the artist through experiential use of film, live performance and music, with all three theatres in action for a marathon of 12 hours each day.
"Intimate scenes are witnessed, love is explored in graphic detail, passion is captured and smeared on the walls. This is an explosion of ideas… from a very troubled mind combined with an insight into human nature that goes beyond stating the obvious."
The audience will be witness to their own unique journey through Ant’s imagination. Featuring a 90 minute rotating play - with six performances each day, thirteen performers playing 26 roles, art installations, screenings of films made by the Fledge collective over the last three years, live performances by Fledge musicians and much much more... whatever time you arrive, and whether you stay two hours or 12 we guarantee an experience like no other.
Art Beat is a free programme of performance, music, graffiti art, exhibitions, murals and art installations in Re:START, Christchurch from Nov 2013 - Feb 2014!
The programme has now finished for 2013-2014, but you can check out the full list of Art Beat performers and performances here below by clicking on the 'Art Beat' link.
See the statistics on Art Beat 2.0 in the infographic below!
A Toby Ricketts film
Presented by Fledge and Ynot Productions
Tony Piggott, Hera Hjartardottir, Ben Campbell
Jed Parsons, Kurt Preston, Moses Robbins, Kris Wilson
Genevieve Munroe, Lucy Matthews, Harry Knight, David Farrier
Daniel Lynch, David Bianco, Jennifer Blair-Bianco, Amalia Misa
Dear Prudence, Boochi Inoue, Eleanor Giron, Ro La Pere
Fledge at FESTA: LUXCITY 2012, featuring live music by a number of our extremely talented Christchurch artists, Aerial and circus performances by artists at circotica.com Featured song 'Vibrant Colours' :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1WpsC... c/o Fourwatt/Moses Robbins/House of Mountain
Filmed by Daniel Lynch, edited by Olivia McClymonthttp://www.fledge.co.nz
TEDxChristchurch 2013: Curiouser and Curiouser will be a stunning, one-day event like no other in Christchurch! At TEDxChristchurch, curious, open, passionate people come together to be intrigued, inspired, provoked and uplifted. Speakers announced so far include comedian Dai Henwood, superhero Flat Man, filmmaker Slavko Martinov, futurist Stuart Candy, entrepreneur Selwyn Pellet, poet Ali Jacs, Nvader founder Daniel Walker, musician Jen Turner, and Ben Uffindell, editor of The Civilian. National Radio's Kathryn Ryan will be the MC.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Saturday 19th October will be a feast for the mind and the heart.
TEDxChristchurch is an independent event operated under license from TED. The first Christchurch TEDx event was TEDxChCh in October 2010. In May 2011 the team held the first TEDxEQChCh, focused on the future of post-quake Christchurch; 2012 saw TEDxEQChCh again focused on our post-quake context. In 2013, we recognise that we are more than our earthquakes and more than our nicknames: we are Christchurch.
TEDxChristchurch brings brings together leading local, national and global thinkers and doers for a day like no other:
To encourage wonder and exploration
To connect possibility with practicality
To serve as a bridge between Christchurch and the world
To provoke, remind, delight, uplift, inform, and inspire.
TEDxChristchurch and all TEDx events are entirely non-profit.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxToronto, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxToronto event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Vicki Anderson, a Christchurch treasure and thought leader, has been advised her position may be disestablished from Fairfax (The Press). Vicki is hugely important to our city. She writes like very few other journalists can - from the heart. And she is all about us, our city and our stories. Vicki is critical to the music and arts of Christchurch and brings our presence to the attention of the national and international media too. We need Vicki. This page is to show her our support and show her bosses she can't be taken away so easily. Please get the word out to your networks and help save Vicki's job - via Jane Gregg @ Facebook
Show your support for local journalism by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jo Murgatroyd - 18th June 2013 for Libel Music
Released May 17th, 2013 - Fledge
A roaring fire blazes in the corner and it's cold outside, but your heart is warm as you listen to the lilting harmonies of Jed & Hera, a street folk duo hailing from the wintry city ofChristchurch. They met while Hera was on tour with Jed's other band, House of Mountain, and now, having played together for just over a year, they have already released their debut albumLive At York Street. With synonymous musical styles, and a seemingly endless fountain of creative ideas, their approach to music has been proven successful with Live At York Street reaching number 13 on the New Zealand charts.
The pared back arrangements of the songs highlight the beauty of the melodies and the depth of emotion in their voices, Jed & Hera's voices a perfect match. The lyrics are heart-rendingly honest, and combined with the music, work together to set an autumnal mood. Achingly sweet yet melancholy, I found the album easy to listen to and enjoy, the lyrics weaving a story I was quickly caught up in.
One of my favourite songs on Live At York Street, was Let It Be Easy. The song begins with tight harmonies, all the more spectacular because this entire album was recorded live in the studio. Hera's voice is faultlessly sweet and soft, the strength of the songs not coming from her belting out the notes but through the power of singing words and melodies she really feels and means.
Raking Leaves, another of my favourite tracks, sings, "Come in, come in, you're always welcome in my heart," and to me that sums up the feeling of the album exquisitely. Through writing about the raw emotions in their heart, Jed & Hera say to the listener, come and feel what we feel, come and see who we are and what we care about, come share our pain and our joy, and that is what makes this album work. Though it's just Jed & Hera with their voices, a guitar and a snare drum, they don't need anymore. The richness of the album comes from their willingness to be emotionally honest.
Live At York Street is beautifully and thoughtfully put together and very easy to listen to. The music and lyrics set a mellow, autumnal mood perfectly, and the fact that the album was recorded live gives the album a warmth not often found in music. Every song on the album tingles with the energy that comes from live performances: the tension of getting it right and the bluffing that comes when the song changes form in the spontaneity of mistakes. I am looking forward to seeing what Jed & Hera next release and where they go from here. A definite listen for anyone who enjoys great, local music!
View review here: http://libel.co.nz/5310-jed_hera_live_at_york_street
The Christchurch Art Gallery asked Fledge to produce an outdoor festival style concert to celebrate their Tenth Birthday anniversary.
POPulate was a great success and one of the most exciting events we have had the pleasure to work on.
The day featured lots of interactive activities including artist talks, guided exhibition tours, and a 'Fledge Presents' free concert featuring Jen Turner, The Byllie Jean Project, New Zealand music legend David Kilgour as well as local stars Delaney Davidson and The Eastern.
The ‘Imagination Playground’ was a hit for the children and the photobooth and candy floss kept us big kids entertained and high on pink food colouring.
Happy birthday to the Christchurch Art Gallery, keep up the great work .. and thanks from all the Fledge crew for involving us in the celebrations!
A stunning live performance of 'the owl and the moon' at 'Fledge Presents' Endeavour 2013, Marlborough Sounds Music Festival.
Special thanks to David McKinnon and Eugene Lee for capturing this moment from one of our greats.