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Wheel of Experience

Wed Oct 4th, 2017
Freida Margolis,

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Written and performed by David Ward, Peter Daubé and Dave Khan.

WHEEL OF EXPERIENCE is a unique blend of music and theatre that tells the lives and legends of early New Zealand through epic original song. Watch three consummate performers walk a fine line between history and legend, humour and heart, as they paint eight stories of struggle, triumph and iniquity from another time.
Led by Peter Daubé’s (King Skinny, The Crucible) powerful vocals and commanding theatrical presence, the music morphs with each unfolding story, as brilliant multi-instrumentalists David Ward (Guru of Chai, Kiss The Fish) and Dave Khan (The Bads, Don McGlashan) shift rhythm, pace and texture. Each song is a journey unto itself as the performers move from haunting ballad, to wailing sea shanty, from blistering bluegrass to pounding blues.

The trio performs live on a vast array of acoustics instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, cigarbox and zhong ruan, as well as hearty vocal harmony. Together they bring alive each rich story in a
production steeped in the history it exudes.

Experience the crimes of the Burgess Gang, love and betrayal on the Raurimu Spiral, the murder of Joe
Kum Yung, the plight of a hardy band of shipwrecked sealers, confidence trickster Amy Bock’s most
infamous transformation and the legend of archetypal 'westie' Francesco Rodriguez Figuera, known since as Don Buck.”

Since its first incarnation in the 2011 Random Acts Festival, the show has toured the entire length of NZ,
and enjoyed a successful season at Q theatre. From town halls to theatres to opera houses, Wheel Of
Experience has been received to unanimous praise:

“Neither musical nor theatrical experiences come any more astonishing than the Wheel of Experience. You hear about good performers bringing songs to life, but in this case, the songs seem to give birth to the performers.” - Nick Bollinger

“Will haunt me for days…you can hear a collective sigh after each piece finishes”
- Vivienne Quinn, Theatreview

Dave Ward, Dave Kahn and Peter Daube have composed a musical taonga that should not only be
enjoyed but also seriously discussed and listened to…. a national theatrical treasure.
- Tamati Patuwai, Theatreview

The fact that these are all original compositions showcases the amount of skill and talent that these
men possess, making music that just sinks into your bones with a sense of timelessness.
-Ingrid Grenar, Keeping Up With Nz

acoustic/solo, alternative, blues, country/folk, world, David Ward, Peter Daubé, Dave Khan, WHEEL OF EXPERIENCE

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