May 2013 Rebranding: Launch of new website

MAY 2013: my new website designed by James Whitta was launched sporting a new look Me.

I admit to being a little anxious as the Elena “Mohawk” brand was a powerful image and marketing tool. However my anxiety has been totally allayed as many of my regular clients continue to book or tender my services.

Following are some of the latest gigs I’ve done to date with the new look.

MAY : Opening for Pride in Print Awards TSB Arena Wellington. I was very nervous at the first production meeting with my regular client Sue Archibald- Promote Ltd as this was my first No Mohawk gig however Sue didn't seem to notice my No Hair Look or bat an eye lid or cancel me - whew. When we had selected the music Secret Violin based on one of Bach's Cello Suites, a sound track had to be created which was superbly done by Takumi Motogawa in his home studio with me experimenting with some violin riffs and Tak doing everything else. Take a look at this Wow opening by a great creative team. Video courtesy Multi Media.

NZ School of Music production “From Verdi to Wagner”

JUNE: Phantom of the Opera with Wellington Musical Theatre and Orchestra Wellington. A stunning season with the awesome Chris Crowe as the Phantom. Meetings showcase Celebrity Speakers, Auckland.

JULY: Photo shoot

Photoshoot: Venue courtesy St James Theatre, Wellington MUSICAL THEATRE, Photo Michael Hall, Design Howard McGuire, Make Up Kelly Dentice, Coat WORLD

Photoshoot: Venue courtesy St James Theatre, Wellington MUSICAL THEATRE, Photo Michael Hall, Design Howard McGuire, Make Up Kelly Dentice, Coat WORLD

AUGUST: Making History competition run by Positively Wellington Tourism & Tourism New Zealand. One of the first 9 Same Sex Marriages in New Zealands held at  Te Papa–  won by a Gay couple from New Castle Australia. I am currently being filmed for Maori Television series Ti Ihi Kahurangi, a documentary showcasing Maori success. To air next year.

Show Me Wellington, Opening of Shed 6 Wellington’s stunning new waterfront venue that was once a freezing cold dilapidated draughty old shed where many of us musicians and artists used to rehearse.

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Room 4 transformed from the big space into smaller intimate rooms. Photo Mark Tantrum/ Positively Wellington Venues  

Room 4 transformed from the big space into smaller intimate rooms. Photo Mark Tantrum/ Positively Wellington Venues
 

SEPTEMBER: Sheryll -Lee 50th Birthday - Havelock North, Jane Eyre Musical -supporting Year 1 & 2 students of Whitireia Performing Arts Musical Theatre.

OCTOBER: 150 Angus World Forum Rotorua – Celebrating 150 years since the arrival of Angus cattle to New Zealand.  A stunning gig where I had the privilege to perform with the Manawatu Pipe Band.

Making my way to join the Manawatu Pipe Band on stage playing The Gael.

Making my way to join the Manawatu Pipe Band on stage playing The Gael.

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NOVEMBER: Raising Maori Investment Conference- Tauranga. I was very appreciative of being invited by Buddy Mikaere of Mana Taio Events (for a second time) to showcase my work at this conference dinner.  I declared to the audience that the Arts and Culture sectors in New Zealand are worthy of their investment.