Ben Wilcock’s Album Launch celebrating NZ Music Month

Ben Wilcock’s Album Launch celebrating NZ Music Month

It is the first of May which begins New Zealand Music Month celebrations in Rotorua.  This month will be a little different to our normal programme but due to the wonders of technology, we are still looking forward to providing you with a fantastic range of live music from local and national artists from the comfort of your own home!

Talented Ben Wilcock is kicking off Rotorua’s Music Month with a bang by launching his new album live on the Rotorua Events Facebook page at 7pm, Friday 1 May 2020.

Ben Wilcock is a pianist and composer from Hamilton who now lives in Rotorua. Ben began his career as on-stage pianist in the award winning show ‘The Pickle King’ (Indian ink), which won multiple awards including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

After an extended period playing in the United Kingdom Ben returned to New Zealand to perform and record with Bella Kalolo, including her Without the Paper and Time and Space releases, with performances at Glastonbury, Java Jazz, Sydney Arts Festival and New York’s Ella Lounge and Rockwood Music Hall.

During this time he also toured with Aaradnha, Louis Baker and more recently with American Blues legend Chris Cain. His trio The Jelly Rolls have performed at Jazz festivals including the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Wellington Jazz festival and the Tauranga Jazz festival. 2019 included a tour of Scotland, and 2020 they head to Australia and Europe.  

Now, as well as performing regularly, Ben shares his musical knowledge and experience with the lucky students at Rotorua’s Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Website link to purchase his album: https://www.thickrecords.co.nz/copy-of-goodnight-t-v-2

Check into the Rotorua Events Facebook page when Rotorua performers showcase their musical skills. (Note: from Friday 7 May all Friday night gigs will begin at 8pm – 8.45pm)