Author: Rippon Events

Monty Bevins 'Lovers Again' Tour Hits the Rippon Hall Tuesday, 29th May

We are thrilled to welcome much loved kiwi troubadour Monty Bevins as he hits the road this May and June to celebrate the release of his new single Lovers Again. He’ll be playing The Rippon Hall on Tuesday, 29th May joined by Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross.

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure.

6:30 pm doors; music from 7:30 pm

Tickets available from Under The Radar

Press Enquiries: montygig@gmail.com / 027 465 9034


Robin Brisker Artist Exhibition; Tuesday 3rd April from 5-7 pm at The Rippon Hall

Join us Tuesday, 3rd April from 5-7 pm at the Rippon Hall for an exhibition (with wine of course) featuring artist Robin Brisker.
Brisker was born in Chicago, attended 12 schools in 12 years, and has spent the last 18 years in New Zealand. His painting style spans from a strong Braque/ Picasso cubist influence to a whimsical feel of Calder and Klee. Kurt Schwitters was his collage inspiration.
 
His work has been collected by Miles Davis, Madonna, Jamie Wyeth, Amy Irving, and artist’s Dan Rizzie and Tony Fitzpatrick. Maybe you’ll be next? We’d love to see you out Tuesday to support this local talent as well as wish him a very happy birthday!
Admission is free, cash wine bar.

Jonathan Crayford - Steinway Tour at The Rippon Hall; 4th April, 2018

The Rippon Hall is thrilled to be one of the stops along this New Zealand tour featuring the creativity of pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of an historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities.

Jonathan Crayford is an award-winning pianist, multi-instrumentalist and critically-acclaimed composer from New Zealand who began playing music at the age of 3. His work encompasses a wide variety of musical genres. As a musician in New York he has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, Mambo Macoco, Groove Collective and in Europe with David Murray, Tony Allen, Questlove, Macy Gray, Bobby Carcasses (Cuba) and many others internationally. As a film composer he has scored numerous feature films, winning industry awards. His latest trio of albums gained critical acclaim with East West Moon receiving the 2017 Tui Award for Best Jazz album and its predecessor Dark Light called ‘a masterpiece’ by Radio NZ’s Simon Sweetman.

Known as a prolific and highly original compositional talent, Jonathan is responsible for many film soundtracks, albums, and bands. His work today spans many different genres and disciplines, in many different parts of the world, including Australasia, Europe, Brazil, Spain, America (particularly New York) and Cuba. Most recently he has been living in Paris and Spain, writing a film/opera and recording two albums of solo piano music in Spain and a trio album in New York. Now he has a new project – to tour New Zealand with a Steinway D Concert Grand Piano.

“There is a huge difference between a full-sized, concert grand in good condition and every other piano,” he explains. “The big ones make a huge sound and the balance of low frequency to high frequency is glorious, the tone, divine. When a pianist performs on an instrument that can deliver such a sound – the instrument inspires greatness, and in turn, the audience feel it.”

The piano is a 1955 full sized Steinway concert grand, signed by several concert pianists throughout its lifetime, including Lily Kraus, “a Hungarian specialist in Beethoven and Mozart who had endured a concentration camp and became a refugee before touring the world in the ‘30s and ‘40s. I believe she was quite a presence in NZ then, a lot of people remember her.”

“It will be a great pleasure for me to be able to perform on such a brilliant instrument to people all over New Zealand,” agrees Crayford. “We also have a wide range of venue type: A cement silo, a wine cave, a concert hall and various other types of spaces.”

“I’m going to play everything that’s been in my mind for the last 2 years since I came back to New Zealand to live close to my daughter and grand-daughter. I’ve studied a lot of music in this time and absorbed the sounds from trips to far-away places. When I sit down to play it will be to journey through all that I have seen and heard. In real terms – for the listener, apart from the emotional and spiritual content which can only reveal itself at the time, this means some Ravel, Bach, Ligeti, Monk, Ellington, Mingus, Mompou, Mario Bauza, Claire Fischer, Peter Gabriel, Lorca, and particularly anything that might come to mind at the time.”

Doors from 6:30 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm.

More info at www.facebook.com/SteinwayonTour and advanced tickets available via eventfinda.


Twenty Years of Rippon Music Festivals - A Look Back

In the lead up to the transformation to the TUKI Festival, our friends at Lake Wanaka SouNZ have kindly loaned us our current exhibition, which looks back on ten Rippon Music Festivals held between 1998 & 2014.

21st January – 6th February
11 am – 5 pm daily


Pages - An Exhibition by Rowan Holt, MFA

The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 16th February through to 16th March, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Pages,’ new work from Fashion and textile artist Rowan Holt. Holt has been involved with textiles and architecture her whole life, having been immersed in these skills since a baby learning from her parents and grandparents. Holt’s textile pieces range across a wide variety of scale, materials and processes from fine needlepoint, weaving to architectural size works.

Holt holds a Master of Fine Art with Merit endorsement from the Otago Polytechnic, as well as numerous other qualifications including studies in jewellery, sculpture, photography and is a registered secondary school art teacher.

She has appeared in many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has also recently exhibited in Italy and China.
Her new work Pages reflects on the landscape and botanicals in Central Otago and researches historical links through the gold rush when many of the local towns were settled. She has made the canvas from scratch by weaving, and then layering in ceramic to create a surface to sketch her observations in drawing.


17th Century Baroque Dance in Period Costume with Mareike Greb of Germany at Rippon Hall - 12th February, 2018

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand is excited to announce its forthcoming South Island Concert Tour and The Rippon Hall is thrilled to be one of the stops along the way on Monday, 12th February, 2018.

Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period costume.

Music will be performed by Baroque specialists from both New Zealand and Europe on period instruments.

The music ensemble will be led by Szabolcs Illes from Hungary.

Doors open from 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm. Come early to enjoy a wine, some nibbles and great company. Following the concert there will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists over a glass of wine.

Tickets also available at the door – cash only. Children under 14 free, max one child per paying adult.

More info at www.baroquemusic.co.nz and advanced tickets available via eventfinda. Advanced bookings recommended for preferential seating.


Rippon Sunday Summer Sessions

Live Music. Brews by Ground Up. Eats by FDT. Wines by Rippon. Fun for you.

For one Sunday in January, February and March Rippon is opening our doors for a local appreciation day. Come on out to enjoy a day in the sun while listening to some amazing musicians.

The boys from Ground Up Brewing will be on hand pouring their delicious beers and Rippon wines will be available by the bottle and the glass to enjoy onsite, as well as our Cellar Door tasting experience if you’re not sure which one to try. The FDT Food truck will be ready with flamin’ good food when you feel peckish.

Bring a bean bag or a blanket. Bring your family and friends. Bring your dog (on a lead with pooh bags). Bring a board game. Bring your smiles and bring your sunscreen.

Please don’t bring your own food or your own alcohol – we will have plenty of food, fun and refreshments for all. Cash and eftpos will be available.

11 am – 5 pm

Musical Line-Up:

21st January

Evan North
Connor Moore
Phoebe James

11th February
Gabrielle Faeth Peckham
Evan North
Evie Simonsohn

4th March
Jade Howe
Robert Glenn


Paul Ubana Jones at Rippon

Paul Ubana Jones - Sunday, 7th January 2018

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums.

After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years.

In the late eighties, Paul moved to New Zealand, where he still lives. He continues to perform regularly in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. Over the years, Paul has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others.

His festival appearances include Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and several Rippon Festivals. We are thrilled to welcome Paul back to Rippon. Described as one man with one guitar sounding like a whole band, Paul Ubana Jones is one of the country’s most soulful hidden treasures. With a voice that is as husky as it is evocative, with intoxicating rhythms leaving nobody untouched Paul is not one to miss.

Sunday, 7th January 2018

Doors open 5 pm, music starts 6 pm

Tickets $30 + booking free – Click here to purchase
$35 at the Door

Phone: 03 443 8084

 


Brigid Allan Exhibition + Artist Talk Rippon Hall

Brigid Allan Exhibition + Artist Talk at The Rippon Hall Art Space

As part of our ongoing art exhibition curated by Robyn Bardas, MFA, we are pleased to be hosting a new exhibition featuring new landscape works by Brigid Allan at The Rippon Hall Art Space opening 17th December 2017 and running until 19th January 2018, 11 am – 5 pm daily. 
 
On Sunday the 17th December, we’ll also be hosting an artist talk with Brigid, with doors opening at 5:30 pm and the artist talk at 6:00 pm. Join us for some fascinating insight from this award winning artist. 

A Night Under the Spotlight...

Jenn Shelton Vocal Tuition presents ‘A Night Under the Spotlight,’ a concert series showcasing Wanaka’s talented vocalists for two evenings – Sunday, 10th December and Monday, 11th December, 2017.

Supported by R&K Yule Builders and Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons Ltd, doors will open at 6:15 pm with the concerts kicking off at 7:00 pm each evening.  Tickets available for $15 at Sassy Pants. Cash bar and nibbles will be available. Come on out for a great evening (or two great evenings!) to support Wanaka’s emerging stars.