Julia Deans residency has Music Arts buzzing

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26 Aug 2016

Music Arts at Ara is buzzing in anticipation of Julia Deans' visit next week. The critically acclaimed musician is the Ara 2017 songwriter in residence thanks to support from industry body APRA.

In a Songwriting Workshop on Tuesday 30 August (10am to 12pm) Deans will inspire singers to new heights in the craft of writing songs. This free workshop is open to secondary school students and the public. Music Arts students will also benefit from one on one sessions with Deans during the residency, showcasing their progress in a Performance Workshop on Wednesday 31 August (3pm – 4pm), also free and open to the public.


"To have someone of her calibre come and work with our students and our community, we are just so fortunate. There is a lot of anticipation here at Music Arts," Ara Manager of Performing Arts Richard Marrett said.

Described as "one of our musical treasures" by NZ Musician, Deans was known as the frontwoman of Fur Patrol and The Adults, before the musical prowess and sharp songwriting of her first solo album Modern Fables cemented her place in the hearts of New Zealand audiences, and earned her a swag of award nominations. Her voice is extraordinary and versatile; ranging from soaring and lyrical to darkly sultry.

While working on her second album, the much anticipated We Light the Fire, Deans has simultaneously challenged herself with projects such as Silo Theatre's production Brel.

Deans' visit follows residencies at Ara by prominent solo artist Flip Grater in 2015 and multi-talented songwriter-musician Warren Maxwell (Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Bushmen, Trinity Roots) in 2014.

APRA continues to support Music Arts and music projects at Ara in line with the organisation's mission to support the New Zealand music industry through licensing and advocacy.

Register for workshops by emailing harry.harrison@ara.ac.nz
Find out more about the Ara Bachelor of Music Arts here.