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 Livin' ina Aucklan' front cover

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back cover

Livin' ina Aucklan' (back cover)

inside

Livin' ina Aucklan' (inside booklet)

http://michaeloleary.wordpress.com

This project involves the recording and manufacture of a CD of songs based on one of Michael O'Leary's books of poetry. This will be the fourth such CD and he has gathered 8 plus musicians and singers who are all previously recorded performers as well as being seasoned live audience performers. The CD will be made up of 13 songs and are of varying styles from reggae to jazz to folk and rock, and includes a poem sung in the style of a Maori lament and a long spoken jazz piece by world renown Sir Jon Trimmer. Each song is about travelling around various parts of Auckland evoking the people and cityscape. The budget is $3000 for recording and reproducing 300 copies. To sample some of O'Leary's last CD - Fences Fall - on YouTube at the concert which launched the CD, for example see can youTube performances by Kayte Edwards and Francis Mills (at veronica 101). The budget takes into account the fact that for a reward to pledgeme participants it is planned to offer a CD which includes a lyric booklet signed by Michael O'Leary plus other rewards. 

Short bio of each artist involved in Livin’ ina Aucklan’

Michael O’Leary is a leading New Zealand poet, writer and publisher who has written 20 books of poetry and fiction. Livin’ ina Aucklan’ is the 4th CD for which he has collaborated with musicians using his lyrics. He is a Writer Member with APRA. 

Gilbert Haisman is a jazz and silent movie pianist who performs with various singers and instrumentalists and in his own show, Hallelujah Bananas. He appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Francis Mills (guitar & vocals) is a singer-songwriter who regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki. Francis appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Brian Romeril (guitar & vocals) is a composer and saxophonist, often featured on Radio New Zealand, who is currently working on his third CD. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA and recipient of a Kapiti Arts Award. Brian appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Sean O’Leary (guitar & backing vocals) is a songwriter, singer and guitarist: he is the founder and main creative force of the alt rock/indie band ‘Sugarbug’ who recently released their CD ‘Flutterby’ on Powertool Records to critical acclaim. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA.

Hilda Prasad (vocals) sang with the Boutique Choir, Wellington Anglican Cathedral Choir, Bach Choir

Meg Prasad (vocals) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki.

Sir Jon Trimmer (vocals) leading international dancer with the NZ Ballet over many years, voice presenter on stage, artist

Other musicians appearing on Livin’ ina Aucklan’

Mark Te One (lead guitar) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki, plus local band MMP.

Michelle Scullion (flute) Plays and composes in many musical styles including Jazz, Rock and Blues, Electronic, Klezmer, Funk and Classical.

 Paul Riley (drums) played with Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s plus local band MMP.

Song titles for the album Livin’ ina Aucklan’ CD

 1)  The Craic, the Kai, and the Whiskey

2)  Morningside Station

3)  Torbay, Torbay, Torbay

4)  Old Ivan’s Café

5)  Rock and Cave

6)  Untitled

7)  Speculation

8)  Okahu Bay

9)  Livin’ ina Aucklan’

10)  Auckland Rain

11) Tom Waits for No-one

12)  Remuera Dreamtime

 13)  Auckland Revisited

Some comments on Livin' ina Aucklan' (the book) – from the internet

 Alex 

This is largely an anthology of older poems, tied together by the final long piece written some twenty years later, which really is the lynch-pin of the whole collection - tying together the disparate fragments, casting a shadow that throws the older works into vivid 3d, and also showcases the poet's development - there's a much stronger sense of rhythm to my ear, and a really clever turn of phrase. I know that as an outsider I was missing layers of history and association that would resonate with Aucklanders, but O'Leary's love for the city is unmistakable. 


Rachel Rayner

This collection is summed up in the title poem: "Romance is not confined to the Orient Express/ and Mount Albert is as important as Montmatre/ if you live there." Livin' ina Aucklan' is a love letter to the city. The collection is divided geographically and places are named (The Eden Terrace Factory, Penrose Railway Station, Grafton Graveyard), giving them a recognition and a power which must've been revolutionary when the collection was first published. 
Livin' ina Aucklan' is a second edition. The first was published on paper, back in what I like to call 'the olden days.' Back in 1987, we were still enjoying synthesisers and the cultural cringe, and e-readers were the stuff of science fiction. Despite its impressive vintage, Livin' ina Aucklan' still felt relevant, and much of the city is very recognisable. The North Shore's Torbay is depicted as white and Remuera as rich. O'Leary spends much of the collection on buses and trains, getting from one side of the city to the other. But other parts of Auckland all but unrecognisable. The mention of factories threw me - it shows both how far Auckland has come and how limited my experience of it really is. I enjoyed Livin' ina Aucklan' - I'd recommend it to all Aucklanders. 

 

Some comments on ‘Fences Fall’ (2011 CD)

 After four decades of friendship, I thought Michael O'Leary had exhausted his capacity to surprise me. But Fences Fall is wonderful in ways I didn't expect. It's not just that the poignancy of Michael's lyrics words strikes me afresh when heard from a range of fine voices, the album really works in musical as well as literary terms. O’Leary backed with cello and sousaphone. Who would have thought that would work? But it's magic!                         

Iain Sharp (reviewer for Metro Magazine)

 "Stunning tracks energised by O'Leary's great lines. Take it neat or take it on the road."

Michael Gifkins (New Zealand literary agent)

The track "I am a poet" is masterful, brilliant! . . . So too the other tracks. Congratulations -- you pass the audition. 
Peter Olds (New Zealand poet)

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Livin' ina Aucklan'

31/08/2014 at 9:22 PM

31st August 2014

The project is undeway with four of the tracks having been recorded while several of the rest have demos made and are nearing the final recording stage once we get funding for the studio time and pressing the CDs

Gilbert Haisman is a jazz and silent movie pianist who performs with various singers and instrumentalists and in his own show, Hallelujah Bananas. He appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Francis Mills (guitar & vocals) is a singer-songwriter who regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki. Francis appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Brian Romeril (guitar & vocals) is a composer and saxophonist, often featured on Radio New Zealand, who is currently working on his third CD. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA and recipient of a Kapiti Arts Award. Brian appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

Sean O’Leary (guitar & backing vocals) is a songwriter, singer and guitarist: he is the founder and main creative force of the alt rock/indie band ‘Sugarbug’ who recently released their CD ‘Flutterby’ on Powertool Records to critical acclaim. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA.

Hilda Prasad (vocals) sang with the Boutique Choir, Wellington Anglican Cathedral Choir, Bach Choir

Meg Prasad (vocals) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki.

Sir Jon Trimmer (vocals) leading international dancer with the NZ Ballet over many years, voice presenter on stage, artist

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     Livin' ina Aucklan' front cover

    Livin' ina Aucklan' (front cover)

    back cover

    Livin' ina Aucklan' (back cover)

    inside

    Livin' ina Aucklan' (inside booklet)

    http://michaeloleary.wordpress.com

    This project involves the recording and manufacture of a CD of songs based on one of Michael O'Leary's books of poetry. This will be the fourth such CD and he has gathered 8 plus musicians and singers who are all previously recorded performers as well as being seasoned live audience performers. The CD will be made up of 13 songs and are of varying styles from reggae to jazz to folk and rock, and includes a poem sung in the style of a Maori lament and a long spoken jazz piece by world renown Sir Jon Trimmer. Each song is about travelling around various parts of Auckland evoking the people and cityscape. The budget is $3000 for recording and reproducing 300 copies. To sample some of O'Leary's last CD - Fences Fall - on YouTube at the concert which launched the CD, for example see can youTube performances by Kayte Edwards and Francis Mills (at veronica 101). The budget takes into account the fact that for a reward to pledgeme participants it is planned to offer a CD which includes a lyric booklet signed by Michael O'Leary plus other rewards. 

    Short bio of each artist involved in Livin’ ina Aucklan’

    Michael O’Leary is a leading New Zealand poet, writer and publisher who has written 20 books of poetry and fiction. Livin’ ina Aucklan’ is the 4th CD for which he has collaborated with musicians using his lyrics. He is a Writer Member with APRA. 

    Gilbert Haisman is a jazz and silent movie pianist who performs with various singers and instrumentalists and in his own show, Hallelujah Bananas. He appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Francis Mills (guitar & vocals) is a singer-songwriter who regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki. Francis appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Brian Romeril (guitar & vocals) is a composer and saxophonist, often featured on Radio New Zealand, who is currently working on his third CD. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA and recipient of a Kapiti Arts Award. Brian appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Sean O’Leary (guitar & backing vocals) is a songwriter, singer and guitarist: he is the founder and main creative force of the alt rock/indie band ‘Sugarbug’ who recently released their CD ‘Flutterby’ on Powertool Records to critical acclaim. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA.

    Hilda Prasad (vocals) sang with the Boutique Choir, Wellington Anglican Cathedral Choir, Bach Choir

    Meg Prasad (vocals) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki.

    Sir Jon Trimmer (vocals) leading international dancer with the NZ Ballet over many years, voice presenter on stage, artist

    Other musicians appearing on Livin’ ina Aucklan’

    Mark Te One (lead guitar) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki, plus local band MMP.

    Michelle Scullion (flute) Plays and composes in many musical styles including Jazz, Rock and Blues, Electronic, Klezmer, Funk and Classical.

     Paul Riley (drums) played with Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s plus local band MMP.

    Song titles for the album Livin’ ina Aucklan’ CD

     1)  The Craic, the Kai, and the Whiskey

    2)  Morningside Station

    3)  Torbay, Torbay, Torbay

    4)  Old Ivan’s Café

    5)  Rock and Cave

    6)  Untitled

    7)  Speculation

    8)  Okahu Bay

    9)  Livin’ ina Aucklan’

    10)  Auckland Rain

    11) Tom Waits for No-one

    12)  Remuera Dreamtime

     13)  Auckland Revisited

    Some comments on Livin' ina Aucklan' (the book) – from the internet

     Alex 

    This is largely an anthology of older poems, tied together by the final long piece written some twenty years later, which really is the lynch-pin of the whole collection - tying together the disparate fragments, casting a shadow that throws the older works into vivid 3d, and also showcases the poet's development - there's a much stronger sense of rhythm to my ear, and a really clever turn of phrase. I know that as an outsider I was missing layers of history and association that would resonate with Aucklanders, but O'Leary's love for the city is unmistakable. 


    Rachel Rayner

    This collection is summed up in the title poem: "Romance is not confined to the Orient Express/ and Mount Albert is as important as Montmatre/ if you live there." Livin' ina Aucklan' is a love letter to the city. The collection is divided geographically and places are named (The Eden Terrace Factory, Penrose Railway Station, Grafton Graveyard), giving them a recognition and a power which must've been revolutionary when the collection was first published. 
    Livin' ina Aucklan' is a second edition. The first was published on paper, back in what I like to call 'the olden days.' Back in 1987, we were still enjoying synthesisers and the cultural cringe, and e-readers were the stuff of science fiction. Despite its impressive vintage, Livin' ina Aucklan' still felt relevant, and much of the city is very recognisable. The North Shore's Torbay is depicted as white and Remuera as rich. O'Leary spends much of the collection on buses and trains, getting from one side of the city to the other. But other parts of Auckland all but unrecognisable. The mention of factories threw me - it shows both how far Auckland has come and how limited my experience of it really is. I enjoyed Livin' ina Aucklan' - I'd recommend it to all Aucklanders. 

     

    Some comments on ‘Fences Fall’ (2011 CD)

     After four decades of friendship, I thought Michael O'Leary had exhausted his capacity to surprise me. But Fences Fall is wonderful in ways I didn't expect. It's not just that the poignancy of Michael's lyrics words strikes me afresh when heard from a range of fine voices, the album really works in musical as well as literary terms. O’Leary backed with cello and sousaphone. Who would have thought that would work? But it's magic!                         

    Iain Sharp (reviewer for Metro Magazine)

     "Stunning tracks energised by O'Leary's great lines. Take it neat or take it on the road."

    Michael Gifkins (New Zealand literary agent)

    The track "I am a poet" is masterful, brilliant! . . . So too the other tracks. Congratulations -- you pass the audition. 
    Peter Olds (New Zealand poet)

    Comments

    Livin' ina Aucklan'

    31/08/2014 at 9:22 PM

    31st August 2014

    The project is undeway with four of the tracks having been recorded while several of the rest have demos made and are nearing the final recording stage once we get funding for the studio time and pressing the CDs

    Gilbert Haisman is a jazz and silent movie pianist who performs with various singers and instrumentalists and in his own show, Hallelujah Bananas. He appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Francis Mills (guitar & vocals) is a singer-songwriter who regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki. Francis appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Brian Romeril (guitar & vocals) is a composer and saxophonist, often featured on Radio New Zealand, who is currently working on his third CD. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA and recipient of a Kapiti Arts Award. Brian appeared on Michael O’Leary’s 2011 CD ‘Fences Fall’.

    Sean O’Leary (guitar & backing vocals) is a songwriter, singer and guitarist: he is the founder and main creative force of the alt rock/indie band ‘Sugarbug’ who recently released their CD ‘Flutterby’ on Powertool Records to critical acclaim. He is a Writer Full Member with APRA.

    Hilda Prasad (vocals) sang with the Boutique Choir, Wellington Anglican Cathedral Choir, Bach Choir

    Meg Prasad (vocals) regularly appears at Danilo Blaza’s Open Mic Nights, Paekakariki.

    Sir Jon Trimmer (vocals) leading international dancer with the NZ Ballet over many years, voice presenter on stage, artist

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