Dr Ian Chapman and the Cosmic Jive Trio present David Bowie and the art of being different

In this sparkling interactive musical performance and accompanying keynote, Dr. Ian Chapman and his group look forward to entertaining and educating audiences about the empowerment and healing potential of music and the arts. Personally inspired by David Bowie, one of the most complex and enduring performers in the history of popular music, Dr. Chapman is a musician, scholar and author of a dozen books, including
Living David Bowie: A Listener’s Companion
(2015), and David Bowie FAQ (2020).

Cosmic Jive Trio brings superb acoustic arrangements of David Bowie’s finest songs to the stage, arranged especially for the show. The honest simplicity of the stripped down and largely acoustic instrumentation allows Bowie’s masterful writing to take center stage.

David Bowie and the art of being different is a wonderfully entertaining celebration of quirky creativity, a testament to how the arts can empower, improve mental health, heal past trauma, and provide a vital blueprint on how to cope with bullying. Above all, this show is a triumphant affirmation of the power and potential of difference.

The group

Dr Ian Chapman
(voice / percussion)

Dr Ian Chapman is a musician, author and motivational speaker. Currently co-organizer of the Contemporary Music Course at the University of Otago, where he has been a member of the performing arts faculty since 2002, he is an expert on the life and work of David Bowie and has written two books on the artist as well as many articles. and other media releases. In the 1980s he was a professional drummer working with artists such as Rob Guest and Billy T James. Most recently he was the brilliant glam rock artist Dr Glam.

Doug wright
(keys / voice)

As a freelance musician, composer and currently working as a performance professor in contemporary music at the University of Otago, Doug has been a fixture on the Dunedin music scene for over 30 years. A founding member of Dunedin’s iconic bands “Rue de Note” and “Oxo Cubans”, his keyboard skills are always in demand. Combined with writing and arranging music for television, radio and an array of live productions, her schedule is always busy.

Pānia Simmonds
(bass / voice)

Pānia studied music at the University of Otago where she majored in bass guitar; also in concert and on tour with Ian Chapman’s glam rock alter ego, Dr Glam. After graduating, she moved to Wellington to study double bass. After teaching music at Invercargill Polytech, Pānia lives again in Dunedin where she teaches bass at the University of Otago and also takes on an administrative role at eCampus NZ. In addition, she plays in a jazz orchestra, string ensemble and for a local musical theater. She studied electric bass with Dr Rob Burns, jazz bass with Paul Dyne and now classical bass with Dunedin Symphony lead bassist Pat Dean.

For information, images and interviews, contact:

Dr Ian Chapman, 021270 8666 [email protected]

Diana Moir, AOTNZ Media Liaison, 021 126 5738 [email protected]

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, 0274 386 154 [email protected]
www.aotnz.co.nz Facebook


Thursday June 10 7:30 p.m. Motueka

The Chanel Arts Center

Adults $ 25; School children $ 5

Book: Floral Affaire, High Street, Motueka

Friday June 11 6:00 p.m. Mapua

The Playhouse Theater

$ 25 for the show, plus $ 42 for a two-course dinner buffet

Book: The Playhouse; The Richmond Mall and Eventfinda

Saturday June 12 8:00 p.m. Onekaka

The mussel inn

$ 15 tickets at the door

Tuesday June 15 8:00 p.m. Upper Hutt

Whirinaki Whare Taonga

$ 20 Reserve: www.expressions.org.nz

Wednesday June 16 7:00 p.m. Ōpunakē

Everyone’s theater

$ 10 adults; $ 5 Youth (under 18)

Delivered: https://www.everybodystheatre.co.nz/

Aretha cash sales to Coastal Care, Opunake; Door sale

Thursday June 17 7:30 p.m. Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu College Hall

$ 20 adults; $ 10 students (plus fees)

Book: Eventfinda; Sites i

Produced at Te Awamutu College Multisport Turf Project

Friday June 18 7:00 p.m. Putaruru

The Plaza

$ 15 Book: The Plaza; Eventfinda

Saturday June 19 7:30 p.m. Hamilton

The theater of meteors

$ 25 Reserve: www.themeteor.co.nz

Sunday June 20 7:30 p.m. Coromandel

Hauraki House Theater

$ 25 Reserve: Coromandel Town Information Center

Wednesday 23 June 7:30 pm Thames

Kauaeranga room

$ 25 door; $ 22 Pre-reservation – Book: 021912993; [email protected]

Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

Thursday June 24 7:30 p.m. Onewhero

OSPA Theater, Hall Road

$ 25 Reserve: www.ospa.org.nz The Goodness Grocer, Pukekohe

Friday June 25 7:30 p.m. Whakatane

The Church of St George and St John

Adults $ 20; Students $ 5 Book: The Good Life

Saturday June 26 7:30 p.m. Opotiki

The seniors’ room

$ 20 Reserve: www.trybooking Opotiki Library

Sunday June 27 7:00 p.m. Gisborne

Smash Palace Bar

$ 20 Reserve: Eventfinda.co.nz

AOTNZ InCahoots with Smash Palace Bar

Wednesday June 30 7:30 p.m. Akaroa


$ 25 Book: The Akaroa Museum

Thursday July 1 7:30 p.m. Christchurch

The Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Center – Great Hall

$ 25 Reserve:

Friday July 2 7:30 p.m. Geraldine

The Lodge Theater, Talbot Street

$ 25 Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot St. (cash only); 03 693 9070

Saturday July 3 7:30 p.m. Twizel

Twizel event theater

Adults $ 20; Students $ 10

Book: Twizel Promotions Office

Includes complimentary appetizers, cash bar available

Sunday July 4 7:30 p.m. Oamaru

Oamaru Opera House

$ 20 – $ 25 (plus fees) Reserve: oamaruoperahouse.co.nz

Monday July 5 7:00 p.m. Lincoln

The Laboratory, 17 West Belt

$ 20 Book: at the bar or 03 3253006

Tuesday July 6 7:30 p.m. Hokitika

Old Lodge Theater, 11 Revell Street

$ 25 Book: Hokitika’s Regent Theater

Wednesday July 7 7:30 p.m. Okarito

Donovan store

$ 25 Book: Richard 021 1448781

Thursday July 8 7:30 p.m. Cromwell

Tarras room

Adults $ 30; Super Gold Card $ 25; Children $ 5

Delivered: www.artscentral.co.nz

Friday July 9 9:30 p.m. Queenstown


$ 15 Reserve: www.eventbrite.co.nz

Saturday July 10 8:00 p.m. Gore

East Southland Gallery

$ 30 GA; $ 25 for gallery members; $ 10 students

Book: Eastern Southland Gallery, 14 Hokonui Drive

Monday July 12 7:30 p.m. Stewart Island

Stewart Island Community Center

$ 25 Book: Door Sales

Arts On Tour NZ
(AOTNZ) organizes tours of outstanding New Zealand artists to rural and smaller centers in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theaters and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to rural districts. The AOTNZ program is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the other way around.

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