Founded in 1987, as VozNueva (Spanish for New Voice), then VoxNova for a while specialising in Jazz Manouche, the band has recently returned to its founding roots as performing vintage and contemporary Latin and Gitanos (Spanish Gypsy). The band has enjoyed many lengthy residencies, the current one being at Caretaker Bar, Britomart. Self-run concerts are always sold out. The band has hosted musicians from all over the globe, each leaving a trace on the sound and repertoire.
Inspired mainly by the Nuevo Flamenco style created by Paco De Lucia, informed by jazz in cooperation with Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin as captured in the seminal album Friday Night Rumba in San Francisco. The report also includes influences from: Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Columbia and Chile, Russian Gypsy and more.
Alan MacDonald Founder / Percussionist. Born in Scotland, Alan created the band in 1997 after a career as a freelance creative director. Until the pandemic set in, Alan operated three bands (VozNueva, Zydecosis, Cajynx). An art career also followed graduation in 2011, that has seen work exhibited in New York.
Nigel Gavin Jazz Guitar. Originally from Long Island, New York, is a leading figure, teacher, performer, composer, locally and internationally. Nigel has performed with well-known groups such as, Nairobi Trio, the Fondue Set, the Jews Brothers, the Blue Bottom Stompers, Gitbox Rebellion, now returned to Voxnova after a break of a few years.
Ricky De Medeiros Latin Guitar. From Brazil, Ricky is a master of fingerstyle, fiery flamenco techniques and Latin grooves that blend well with Nigel’s contemporary jazz style. A fulltime teacher, performer, and recording artist, Ricky has performed with a number of well-known performers including: NZ/Russian singer Yulia, Latin Grammy Award Winner Romulo Castro, and Jimi Kara Ricky as AcoustiCartel, currently recording their first album.
Aaron Codell Double Bass. A former member now returned to VozNueva after gaining a great deal of experience performing for jazz greats Cleo Laine, Mark Murphy and saxophonist George Coleman, Annie Crummer, Hello Sailor, King Kapisi, as well as vocalists Caitlin Smith, Jan Hellriegel and Linn Lorkin. Aaron has also supported a long list of theatrical productions and occasionally moonlights with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Sneyd Violin. Originally from Dunedin, he has travelled the world in his capacity of Mathematics Professor performing wherever he is located. James is highly skilled at any genre he adopts from Celtic, Country Rock, Manouche and Latin jazz. James has just the right vintage sound the band requires. Audiences enjoy the blitzing music duels.
Membership = $30 for 6 month membership, first concert free, $5 for each subsequent concert.
Meals available before concert. Fun bar service.