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Spoilers of Utopia

Over two mysterious February nights 14 musicians recorded the first Spoilers of Utopia album. Using a classic selection of brass sounds band leader John Bell weaves Asiatic, Polynesian and American threads through a loom of collective improvisation to create a unique, jazz-heavy cloth. The late saxophonist Albert Ayler would surely approve.

Spoilers of Utopia

Spoilers of Utopia. John Bell forth from left. Photo: Ivan Mrsic

Vieux Farka Toure

The Malian guitar slinger and son of the late Ali Farka Toure and his bass player and manager Eric Herman talk with Emma Smith at WOMAD 2013 about what it means to really love your instrument.

The Crypt

A new pop-up venue has appeared in Wellington, right under the nose of St Mary of the Angels. It’s called The Crypt Sessions and features a diverse mix of vocal performance artists and experimental musicians.