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Itran Flamenco Project

You may remember, earlier in the year, local cellist composer and arranger Claire Cowan collaborating with a fine Flamenco dancer, Isabel Rivera Quenca, for a series of concerts around the North Island. Cowan composed a series of malleable, contemporary pieces to accompany Quenca’s classic dance. It’s a style that demands flexibility from the musicians as the dancer basically conducts the ensemble. It’s no different for traditional Flamenco performers. This weekend at Q-loft in Auckland Cuenca is joined on stage by singer Cristina Lopez and ex-pat Paul Bosauder, who’s been perfecting his flamenco guitar playing in Barcelona for the past eight years. Here they are performing live.

Isabel Rivera Cuenca

Isabel Rivera Quenca. Photo: Courtesy of Claire Cowan

Stages: Barytown Hall

The Barrytown Hall on the South Island's West Coast has been hosting bands since the early '70s, fuelling demand from a migration of alternative lifestylers. Its allure among musicians has seen it visited by international legends like Fugazi and Townes Van Zandt, as well as providing an early touring stop for New Zealand bands from Blerta to Trinity Roots and The Mint Chicks.

Barrytown Hall

Opensouls live session

One of New Zealand’s finest soul bands recently reformed for a free public show in Auckland a couple of weeks ago. Music 101’s Emma Smith got Bjorn Petersen, Tyra Hammond and Jeremy Toy of Opensouls in for an intimate acoustic session.