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Rich Leschens Flying Children

Sat Sep 15th, 2018

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Rich Leschen from midwestern United States began a guitarist and became a songwriter after arrival to the Antipodes over 20 years ago as a biologist to study New Zealand beetles. Shedding electric for acoustic guitar, he’s a balladeer bred on folk-world melodies, improvises, and influenced by landscapes, the human condition, and the unfamiliar. He has penned over 150 songs, produced seven albums, and continues to compose panoramic lyrics with jazz overtones. He has performed and recorded with outstanding NZ bassists (Vanessa McGowan, Eamon Edmunson-Wells, and Maree Thom), guitarist Nigel Gavin, and clarinetist/composer Yvette Audain and worked with star engineer Robbie Duncan.

Steve Cournane is a drummer and composer who began playing with the Alpaca Brothers in 1984 releasing a successful EP on Flying Nun. In his late 20’s he studied jazz in Wellington and eventually won a Tui for NZ Jazz album of the year in 2001 for the album Stereoscope by Clbob. That group performed relentlessly around the country over a ten-year period from Stewart Island to Mangonui. He performed jazz on cruise ships throughout the Pacific and Caribbean from 2003-2007. In 2007 he moved to Lima, Peru, where he lived as a musician and studied the coastal Afro-Criolla music for another seven years. He moved to Auckland in 2017 and is currently playing drum kit with Bill Direen, John Bell\'s Aldebaran and Jeff Henderson\'s Oblivious Eight. He also plays cajón with Ian Sinclair in the new duo Isla Flamenca.

acoustic/solo, alternative, blues, jazz, rock, Richard Leschen, Steve Cournane

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