Modern Maori Quartet serenades the Capricorn Coast
AFTER performing at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival, the award-winning Modern Maori Quartet (MMQ) will bring their music and culture to the local community for two shows at the Yeppoon Town Hall on Monday, June 12.
Livingstone Shire Council will host the Morning Music show which begins with a free morning tea at 10am and the performance at 10.30am.
At 7.30pm, the group will present 'An Evening with the Modern Maori Quartet' which will have a different ambience in a cabaret setting.
All accomplished actors/musicians James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora have come from different corners of Aotearoa New Zealand to perform as MMQ.
The group brings their concept of a Maori Ratpack into the present with a contemporary twist, weaving their acting and musical abilities together to tell stories, fusing hearty and humorous Maori storytelling with the Western tradition of show band entertainment.
MMQ's work highlights New Zealand's musical past and present through a repertoire that blends old school charm with modern pizzazz, featuring unique spins on Maori waiata (songs), show band hits and pop music all infused with irresistible charisma, sublime harmonies and universal humour.
The group regularly performs throughout their home country with a special tour this year with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
They have also performed in Singapore and Malaysia, England, Wales, Pacific Islands, Hawai'i and Uzbekistan.
Future tours include South East Asia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea and Japan.
While in the region, the Modern Maori Quartet is also offering local performers a workshop - 'Singing from the Heart(y)', on Monday 12 June from 5pm to 6pm.
Leave your sheet music, your pitch pipe and your scales at the door and just come and have a good hearty sing with the group, while accessing techniques in singing with truth, integrity, harmonies, unison and storytelling.
Cost for the workshop is $10 and bookings can be made on 4913 3857.
Tickets to Morning Music show are $20 and bookings can be made by phoning 4913 5000 and tickets can be purchased at Council's Customer Service Centres.
Bookings are essential for the Morning show for catering purposes.
Tickets to the Evening Show are $25 for Adults and $20 Concession and can be booked and purchased online at http://yeppoon.mmq.nz.
At the Evening Show, a bar will operate from 7pm.