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Isaac Aesili is a career musician originally from Christchurch, who’s deeply embedded in the local soul scene playing percussion, trumpet and singing for a wide range acts from the enormous Eru Dangerspiel to the more intimate Circling Sun jazz ensemble. After releasing his debut solo album Eye See he formed a band named Funkommunity and that group has just released their second album Dose, but they’ve re-branded; they’re now called Sorceress. Nick Atkinson sauntered along to Isaac’s Auckland home to get the latest news from this well-travelled muso.

Sorceress Isaac

Isaac Aesili performing with Sorceress at Splore.

Simon Gooding

In the 90s York Street was the premier recording studio in country, founded and built by Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman, and engineers Malcom Welsford and Martin Williams. York St was famed for an enormous main room, coupled to one of the finest Neve mixing consoles on the planet. Last weekend it shut for good- Adrien De Croy, who bought York St in 2000, and studio manager Jeremy McPike decided it was time to cash up the valuable asset that takes up a lot of space in an affluent central Auckland waterside suburb. In 2006 a young, wide-eyed engineer named Simon Gooding began an unpaid internship at York Street dropping a valuable German microphone on his first day. Nick Atkinson spoke with Simon Gooding in Auckland.

Pablo Ziegler

Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler is considered one of the finest exponents of the Tango Nuevo style. He worked closely for many years with Tango giant Astor Piazzolla and was a member of the composer's Tango Quintet for the last years of Piazzolla's life. Ziegler is a Grammy Award winning artist in his own right and was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards just last year. He was in New Zealand for the Wellington Jazz. Emma Smith caught up with Ziegler at his hotel.