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Arts on Tour presents 'Dr Ian Chapman & the Cosmic Jive Trio'

Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 7:30pm

Dr Ian Chapman was personally inspired by David Bowie, one of the most complex and enduring performers in the history of popular music. Dr Chapman is a musician, academic, and author of a dozen books including Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener’s Companion (2015), and David Bowie FAQ (2020).


Cosmic Jive Trio brings to the stage superb acoustic arrangements of David Bowie’s finest songs, arranged especially for the show. The honest simplicity of the stripped back and largely acoustic instrumentation allows Bowie’s masterful song-writing to take centre stage.


This show, David Bowie & the Art of Being Different is a wonderfully entertaining celebration of eccentric creativity, a testament to how the arts can empower, improve mental health, heal past traumas, and provide an essential blueprint for how to deal with bullying.


Dr Ian Chapman (vocals/percussion) is a musician, author and motivational speaker. Currently co-convener of the Contemporary Music degree course at Otago University, where he has been on the Performing Arts faculty since 2002, he is a specialist in the life and work of David Bowie. In the 1980s he was a professional drummer working with artists such as Rob Guest and Billy T James.


Doug Wright (keys/vocals) is a freelance musician, composer, and currently working as a performance tutor in contemporary music at the University of Otago.


Pania Simmonds (bass/vocals) studied music at Otago University where she specialised in bass guitar and now teaches bass at Otago University.




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