Sat, 12 Jun




A new album devised within the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra series.

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Time & Location

12 Jun 2021, 5:00 pm NZST

Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

About the Event

Sanctuary is a collaboration between two leading composers from Wellington, Aotearoa: Jasmine Lovell-Smith and Jake Baxendale.

The music for the album was conceived as part of Arthur Street Loft Orchestra, a concert series established by a number of Wellington composers to serve as a performance opportunity for creative large ensemble projects. The 11-piece group led by Baxendale and Lovell-Smith was influenced by the medium-sized jazz orchestras of Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. With a wide range and textural weight, it is more fleet than a traditional big band, with lots of room to feature the specific talents of each musician.

The album is dominated by by two suites:

“Sanctuary," composed by Lovell-Smith, follows the composer’s emotional journey through returning to New Zealand after several years overseas, and reconnecting with Wellington’s vibrant music scene. “Sanctuary” directly reflects the influence of each of its performers and owes its development to the safe creative space provided by the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra concert series.

"Leaves of Grass," composed by Jake Baxendale, was inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman. It celebrates the phenomenal musical influences from the American continent, and as it moves from pastoralism through free jazz to the blues, stands as an expression of the aspirational, humanist and egalitarian ideals of both the poet and the composer.


Jasmine Lovell-Smith – Soprano Saxophone Rachelle Eastwood – Flute Ben Hunt – Trumpet Jake Baxendale – Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet Louisa Williamson – Tenor Saxophone Kaito Walley – Trombone Blair Latham – Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet Aleister James Campbell – Guitar Anita Schwabe – Piano Chris Beernink – Bass Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa – Drums

With thanks to City Gallery Wellington and Creative New Zealand for their generous support.

Admission: $15 - $20. Tickets for sale at the door. Visit the Wellinton Jazz Festival website

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