The PumpHouse: Dominic Blaazer and the Maximum Philharmonic Orchestra

23 February 2019 , .

An evening of tight, melodic and poetic tunes with a great little orchestra working in sync.

Last year was one of packed houses and superb reviews for Blaazer’s album “The Lights of Te Atatu”. His talented and lush 10-piece brings together members of the ASO, APO and From Scratch as well as three music specialists, and the youngest member is just 11.

A stalwart of NZ music, Blaazer has played alongside Don McGlashan, SJD and The Chills, also accompanying the Topp Twins, John Rowles, Goldenhorse, David Kilgour and The Clean, among many others.

His songwriting is compared favourably with Jimmy Webb, Bacharach and Lennon. Nick Bollinger said the songs were “beautifully refined … sound like classics,  fearless and perfect,” while Graham Reid wrote, “magical and resonant … These are fine songs.”

Marty Duda called the last Pumphouse show “outstanding,” singling Blaazer out as “a formidable songwriter and fine storyteller, calling to mind the best of Bacharach/David.”

Grant Smithies sums up best why you won’t want to miss this show: “gorgeous arrangements make this so very special. Your heart might just break.”

We can’t promise not to break your heart but we might give it the occasional squeeze.

 

Visit: https://pumphouse.co.nz/whats-on/show/dominic-blaazer/ for more information and tickets.

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