More Medieval Adventures ...
Oct
1
to Nov 30

More Medieval Adventures ...

More medieval adventures are at hand!

I’m currently preparing for my Doctoral recital in December and a new recording project scheduled for the new year.

These are exciting times and I look forward to letting you know as things unfold.

Carolina!

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Rotorua Jazz Club
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Rotorua Jazz Club

Gooday Rotorua, we’re looking forward to coming to the Jazz Club. We have a great line up with the full band, that is Phillip Beatson - gypsy guitar, Sam Swindells - la pompe, Roger Manins - tenor sax, James Sneyd - burning violin, Chris Marshall - contrabass and La Luna - la chanteuse.

See you there!

For more bookings please go to: https://www.facebook.com/rotoruajazzclub/

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The Arts Junction, Katikati
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Arts Junction, Katikati

Great news! Playing at the Arts Junction, Katikati on our little tour.

Looking forward to meeting you guys and playing for you with this fabulous band!

La Luna - chanteuse
Roger Manins - tenor saxophone
James Sneyd - burning violin
Phillip Beatson - manouche guitar
Sam Swindells - la pompe
Chris Marshall - contrabass

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Chanson, New Orleans & Gypsy Swing @ Anthology
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Chanson, New Orleans & Gypsy Swing @ Anthology

French song, Orleans and gypsy swing with NZ's premier vocal manouche band La Luna & the Gadjos, lighting up ‘Anthology’ Lounge, Thursday 1 August.

The drama of vintage Piaf is recreated by Chanteuse La Luna together with an irreverent mix of French gypsy classics from the steamy hot clubs of Paris coloured with the soulful sounds of New Orleans jazz.

The line-up features Caro Manins as La Luna, award-winning sax-man Roger Manins, and the extraordinary gypsy talents of Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" of the burning violin, Sam Swindells - la pompe, and master Olivier Holland – contrabass

“Sensational, just sensational!” - Flounders Park, Nelson Jazz Festival 
“I defy anyone to keep their feet still” – Jazz Local 32 
“Manly Jazz Club was sensational last night. La Luna & the Gadjos simply stunning and loved by everyone! Thank you to such wonderful musicians” – Manly Jazz Club

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK2J59zhLu4

Join us on FB with a LIKE to go into the draw for a free double ticket: www.facebook.com/lalunaandthegadjos/

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The French Terrace @ The Glass Goose, Auckland CBD
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

The French Terrace @ The Glass Goose, Auckland CBD

A special pop-up French event during July at the Glass Goose with a French menu, wines and of course music.

Performing as a trio with lots of French classics with: La Luna on vocals, Doug Robertson - manouche guitar, Olivier Holland a la contrabass.

For details please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2396727647319534/

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Wellington International Jazz Festival
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Wellington International Jazz Festival

We are back at the International Jazz Festival Wellington in June this year after a great sell-out show last year.

And this time we have with us our very own Zhames le Prof on burning violin, plus! we are joined by the fantastic Dave Wilson from the U.S. on tenor sax and clarinets.

So come, let down your hair and ‘ave some fun to our riotous French Manouche (gypsy jazz), Vintage Piaf sung by our inimitable Chanteuse, La Luna, unimaginable feats of dexterity by our gypsy guitarist Philippe!, and some gypsy mayhem.

 

 

La Luna – chanteuse

Zhames le Prof – burning violin

Dave Wilson – tenor sax, clarinets

Phillipe les Doigts – gypsy guitar

Sam Swindels – la dodgy pompe (rhythm guitar)

Eamon E Wells - contrabass

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Christchurch International Jazz & Blues Festival
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Christchurch International Jazz & Blues Festival

We’re stoked to announce that ‘La Luna’ & her fantastic Gadjos are manouching at the Blue Smoke, Christchurch on Sat. June 1st

Come and join us for some French gypsy jazz, swing, French chanson and gypsy classics!

La Luna – chanteuse
Zhames le Prof – burning violin
Roger Manins – tenor man
Phillipe Beatson – gypsy guitar
Sam Swindells – la pompe (rhythm guitar)
Michel Story - contrabass

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Caro Manins DMA Recital with The Confluence of Ways
Feb
5
1:00 PM13:00

Caro Manins DMA Recital with The Confluence of Ways

Vocalist Caroline Manins performs a snapshot of her current work which straddles both jazz and historical music performance practices. Her current Doctoral research explores ways in which mediaeval music and jazz music can creatively interact. Her study involves the analysis and interpretation of ornamental neumes in manuscripts such as the Reisencodex of Hildegard von Bingen, as well as Eastern influences in the music of Iberia.

The music generated is a synthesis of medieval song, traditional songs transmitted through oral tradition, and contemporary jazz music in a bed of subtle improvisations.

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The Confluence of Ways @ CJC : Between Now and Then
Sep
12
8:00 AM08:00

The Confluence of Ways @ CJC : Between Now and Then

  • Creative Jazz CLub @ Backbeat Bar (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A new musical project of contemporary and ancient sources in an exploratory journey of sound.

with Caro Manins - voice, Dave Wilson - woods (clarinets), Rasoul Abbassi - kamancheh, Alan Brown - keys, Kathleen Tomacruz - cello, guitar

The Confluence of Ways is a group of musicians from around the globe combining their unique musical languages into a collage of textures, where East meets West and where diverse medieval and traditional musical influences meet in a contemporary listening and performance space.

Ambient, contemporary ECM jazz sounds in a synthesis of bare emotion, beauty, and heartfelt music that is unique and different.

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Wellington International Jazz Festival - La Luna & the Gadjos
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Wellington International Jazz Festival - La Luna & the Gadjos

And we're back at the wonderful Wellington International Jazz Festival!

Come and join us for another set of wild gypsy manouche, French Chanson with the cream of manouchers and jazzers:

La Luna (Caro Manins) - vocals
Roger Manins - tenor sax
Phillip Beatson - gypsy, lead guitar
Steve Sherry - la pompe
Olivier Holland - double bass

 

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TOUR - La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Meteor Theatre
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

TOUR - La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Meteor Theatre

The intrepid La Luna & the Gadjos are bringing their flamboyant blend of French song and gypsy swing to The Meteor Theatre, Hamlton on the last night of their Bite-sized Tour.

Marvellous gypsy swing, vintage Piaf and traditional Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Roger Manins on tenor sax adds a belly full of New Orleans soul, with gypsy violinist Zhames "le Prof" and the amazingly talented Phillipe Beatson on gypsy guitar.

LINE UP: La Luna (Caro Manins) - chanteuse, Roger Manins - tenor sax, Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Travis Hill - la pompe, Chris Marshall - contrabass

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Flounder - Wanganui Jazz Club
Mar
4
to Mar 6

Flounder - Wanganui Jazz Club

Roger Manins: Sax

John Rae: Drums

Patric Bleakley: Bass

Caroline Manins: Vocals

Flounder features Saxophonist Roger Manins, Vocalist Caroline Manins, Pianist Ben Wilcock, Bassist Patrick Bleakley and not at all least JOHN RAE on drums and cymbals

 Flounder: Our sole aim is to have a bit of fun and a laugh, to be happy and make you happy. We don’t take it too seriously- life is too short (especially for a flounder) and when you’ve got a sideways mouth and  ‘your eyes on the right side of the face’ things look a bit different. So,expect some fishy interpretations of some good old swinging standards (and a few originals) played by the band who even when down they are always looking up.

Press Quotes: 

"A berley bomb for the ears'
“They’ve got  eyes on the right side of their face.” 
“Even when down they are always looking up.” 
“A ground baiting performance.” 
 

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TOUR ~ Auckland Fringe Festival - La Luna & the Gadjos
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

TOUR ~ Auckland Fringe Festival - La Luna & the Gadjos

The intrepid La Luna & the Gadjos are bringing their flamboyant blend of French song and gypsy swing to somewhere near YOU!

Chanteuse "La Luna" sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve, together with songs and traditional Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Roger Manins on tenor sax adds a belly full of New Orleans soul, with gypsy violinist Zhames "le Prof" and the amazingly talented Phillipe Beatson on gypsy guitar.

LINE UP: La Luna (Caro Manins) - chanteuse, Roger Manins - tenor sax, Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Sam Swindells - la pompe, Eamon Edmundsen-Wells - contrabass

BUY TICKETS: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2018/mar/la-luna-and-the-gadjos

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TOUR ~ La Luna & the Gadjos ~ Rogue Stage
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

TOUR ~ La Luna & the Gadjos ~ Rogue Stage

  • The Rogue Stage, Princes Gate Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The intrepid La Luna & the Gadjos are bringing their flamboyant blend of French song and gypsy swing to somewhere near YOU!

Chanteuse "La Luna" sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve, together with songs and traditional Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Roger Manins on tenor sax adds a belly full of New Orleans soul, with gypsy violinist Zhames "le Prof" and the amazingly talented Phillipe Beatson on gypsy guitar.

LINE UP: La Luna (Caro Manins) - chanteuse, Roger Manins - tenor sax, Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Steve Sherry - la pompe, Eamon Edmundsen-Wells - contrabass

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TOUR - La Luna & the Gadjos - 4th Wall, New Plymouth
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

TOUR - La Luna & the Gadjos - 4th Wall, New Plymouth

The intrepid La Luna & the Gadjos are bringing their flamboyant blend of French song and gypsy swing to somewhere near YOU!

Chanteuse "La Luna" sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve, together with songs and traditional Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Roger Manins on tenor sax adds a belly full of New Orleans soul, with gypsy violinist Zhames "le Prof" and the amazingly talented Phillipe Beatson on gypsy guitar.

LINE UP: La Luna (Caro Manins) - chanteuse, Roger Manins - tenor sax, Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Steve Sherry - la pompe, Eamon Edmundsen-Wells - contrabass

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TOUR - La luna & the Gadjos RAGLAN
Feb
22
to Feb 24

TOUR - La luna & the Gadjos RAGLAN

  • Raglan Old School Arts Centre (map)
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The intrepid La Luna & the Gadjos are bringing their flamboyant blend of French song and gypsy swing to somewhere near YOU!

Marvellous gypsy swing, vintage Piaf and traditional Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Roger Manins on tenor sax adds a belly full of New Orleans soul, with gypsy violinist Zhames "le Prof" and the amazingly talented Phillipe Beatson on gypsy guitar.

LINE UP: La Luna (Caro Manins) - chanteuse, Roger Manins - tenor sax, Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Steve Sherry - la pompe, Eamon Edmundsen-Wells - contrabass

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La Luna & the Gadjos
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

La Luna & the Gadjos

From the the steamy hot clubs of Paris to the drama of Piaf, La Luna & the Gadjos perform their irreverent mix of French gypsy mayhem or 'Manouche' with the raucous sounds of New Orleans jazz.

La Luna (Caro Manins) – chanteuse
Roger Manins - tenor sax
Phillip Beatson – lead guitare
Sam Swindells – rhytme guitare
Chris Marshall – contrabass

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Jon Besser & the Zestniks
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Jon Besser & the Zestniks

Wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music. Jonathan Besser's Gimel music features 'methods of counterpoint' that Besser learned at the 'Mannes College of Music' in 1970's New York City. Now these old ideas mix it up with improvisation.

Peau Halapua - Violin
Iselta Allison - Viola
Finn Scholes - Vibes and Trumpet.
Eamon Edmundson - Double Bass
Alistair Deverick - Drums
Jonathan Besser - keys
with special guest vocalist - Carolina Moon

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Carolina Moon ~ Medieval Adventures in Melbourne
Jan
15
to Jan 18

Carolina Moon ~ Medieval Adventures in Melbourne

After being on hold for quite some time, I'm really happy to announce that my medieval project Carolina Moon is entering a new phase of life.

From January, I resumed my Doctoral studies and will be travelling to Melbourne mid-month to learn from and play with vihuelist (Prof) John Griffiths, a leading Australian medievalist (lutenist). It's the first time I've engaged with medieval performance style in a medieval context and I'm very excited, and a little nervous, to be working with John on some 13th and 15th century Spanish pieces. 

I also think I've had a major breakthrough in overcoming some vocal health issues that have been hanging around for some years, and I still can't quite believe I can put some load on my voice without it getting sick. Amazing! Fingers are still crossed!

I'll be making some posts on FB if you're interested in following my progress.

Wish me luck!
Caro

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Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks - Takapuna Summer Days Festival
Jan
13
1:30 PM13:30

Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks - Takapuna Summer Days Festival

  • Takapuna Beach Takapuna, Auckland New Zealand (map)
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Wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music from Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks. Featuring Carolna Moon on vocals.

Jonathan Besser - keys
Carolina Moon - vocals
Peau Halapua - Violin
Iselta Allison - Viola
Nigel Gavin - guitar
Tom Dennison - Double Bass
Yair Katz - Drums

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Caro Manins w/ Alan Brown & Mostyn Cole  @ Downbeat Bar
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Caro Manins w/ Alan Brown & Mostyn Cole @ Downbeat Bar

Jazz vocalist, Caro Manins will be singing her favourite Jazz classics @ Downbeat on Saturday 16th Dec - songs made popular by singers such as Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie, Sinatra and more. Taking the chair is Alan Brown on keys and Mostyn Cole on double bass.

Caro combines a great swing style, with a wonderful range of expression. She has 5 diverse albums under her belt, and performs widely throughout the country with a range of projects including Carolina Moon, La Luna & the Gadjos, Jonathan Besser & the Zestniks. She has performed around the world with some exemplary names in jazz. 

FOR BOOKINGS, PLEASE CALL 09-427 4555
Bookings are strongly advised

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Bastille Day Celebrations with La Luna & the Gadjos
Jul
15
to Jul 16

Bastille Day Celebrations with La Luna & the Gadjos

A fantastic night of fun, French song, dancing and dining with NZ's premier French gypsy band, La Luna & the Gadjos. 

Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf and an irreverent mix of French gypsy Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Sax-man Roger Manins adds a touch of New Orleans soul.

Featuring the Gypy talents of:
Phillip Beatson - gypsy guitar, Travis Hill - la pompe, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Chris Marshall - contrabass

TICKETS $45 w/ French platter & complementary bubbles/beer 

BOOKINGS: ph: 09 535 1397
We can accommodate large or small groups and have flexible seating arrangements. For Online Sales, please make group bookings under a single name for seating purposes.
ONLINE TICKETS FROM EVENTFINDA: www.

ADDRESS: Howick Lounge, 186 Wellington St, Howick.

Parking available at Vincent Street Auto Centre, 111 Vincent Street, and B Select, 115 Vincent Street.  Please no parking directly in front of the shops.

www.howicklounge.co.nz
www.caromanins.com/la-luna-gadjos/

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As Far As the Ear Can Hear
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

As Far As the Ear Can Hear

As Far As the Ear Can Hear features Chinmaya Dunster - sarod, guitars, and the Grateful Dads performing 'The Mystic Poets Cycle'. They are joined by special guests Basant Madhur - tabla, vocalist Carolina Moon, and Nigel Gavin and the Gitbox Rebellion in this very special concert. 

Doors open at 7pm and will be locked at 7.30pm 

Presales $28 available through Titirangi Steiner School Office 09 817 4386 or on the door if available.

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Wellington Jazz Festival with La Luna & the Gadjos
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Wellington Jazz Festival with La Luna & the Gadjos

La Luna and her gypsy Gadjos are swingin on down at the Caroline Club, Saturday June 10 from 5-6pm with music from the steamy hot clubs of Paris, Chansons de Piaf, and New Orleans jazz in authentic Manouche style.

Featuring La Luna (Caro Manins) vocals, Phillip Beatson and Nick Granville – guitars, James ‘Le Prof’ Sneyd of the burning violin and Patric Bleakley - double bass

 

 

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La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Vic Lounge
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Vic Lounge

French Gypsy Swing and Vintage Piaf

Chanteuse La Luna & her Gadjos are joined by Raconteur extraordinaire “Pierre la Bouche!” for a fabulous night of French Chanson and gypsy swing.

Taking you back to the steamy ‘ot clubs of Paris, there will be a little mystery from le Raconteur, and plenty of zestful joie de vivre!

Come and join us for this special occasion @ The Vic!

Featuring La Luna (Caro Manins) – chanteuse, Pierre la Bouche – Raconteur & double bass, James ‘Le Prof’ Sneyd of the burning violin, Phillip Beatson and Sam Swindells – lead guitar and pompe.

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