Songs & Stories From The Ice: On The Road With Warren Maxwell — 11.07.17

Warren Maxwell, inaugural New Generation Award recipient, is radically honest, vulnerable and has a whole lot of love to share. In May, we went on the road with Warren to Christchurch, Queenstown, Auckland and Wellington presenting intimate concerts in the homes of generous patrons.

Warren shared with us the profound impact a recent trip to Antarctica had on him. He played a selection of his compositions about his love for Aotearoa and humanity, and a special under ice recording of seals he made while at the bottom of the planet (the seals sounded alarmingly like an ensemble of high end modular synthesizers...) 

It was a moving series with guests reflecting on the fragility of our eco-system and the importance of treating people with dignity. 

Warren's performances have reminded us of the power of the arts to help us connect with the great issues of our time. 

Thanks to our hosts and guests for making the evenings supremely enjoyable!

Scroll down to see some photos of our favourite moments from the trip:

Warren Maxwell with Simon Bowden, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation, outside the beautiful home of Dick and Jillian Jardine, on the shore of Lake Wakatipu.

A beautiful moment of stillness on the edge of Lake Wakatipu before guests arrived at the home of Dick and Jillian Jardine

Warren warms up on a perfect, chilly and crisp Queenstown evening

Sally McChesney from Taste and Savour, Queenstown, treated us all to delicious nibbles

Warren Maxwell moving our Wellington audience (including the Chimaera in the background...)

Warren with friend and collaborator, Jason O'Hara, with whom he experienced Antarctica

Simon Bowden joins Warren for one song at the end of the evening.

Warm and welcoming In House Catering staff