Thursday, February 13, 2020

WOMAD 2020 - LATEST ADDITIONS - DJ MONTELL2099, STACEY MORRISON & THE STEAMLAB SPEAKERS

Just announced! 

Closing the Gables Stage on Saturday night is Auckland-based beatmaker DJ MONTELL 2099, one of the most exciting new electronic music talents to emerge from New Zealand in recent years. In an era where musicians often lean on gimmicks to market their work, MONTELL2099 is connecting with his audiences on the strength of his music alone, and he's only just getting started.

Mixing bubbling melodies, manipulated vocal snippets and booming bass hits, his idiosyncratic productions ripple and thud with club-ready swing and funk.


With a taste for genre-bending releases, MONTELL2099’s mantra is simple–surprise his listener on every corner!

 Stacey Morrison is looking forward to taking the stage as the host of OMV Taste The World at WOMAD NZ, 2020.

 Excited to be part of this delectable festival highlight Stacey can't wait to share her love of kai with international artists, and festival audiences, after hosting five seasons of her lifestyle and cooking show Whānau Living.

"I can't wait to see artists from around the world step off the stage and into the kitchen. No doubt their joy at sharing delicious, fresh and unique recipes from their homelands will be contagious and leave WOMAD audiences hugely inspired. OMV Taste the world is such a colourful setting, and I'm excited to help the artists feel welcome in Aotearoa"

NEW TO WOMAD 2020 THE STEAM LAB THINK MATH AND SCIENCE IS BORING? 

WELL, COME DELVE INTO THE STEAM LAB AND THINK AGAIN! 

Head to the transformed Pinetum, into a haven that evokes curiosity, where innovative minds that have solved real-world problems are celebrated. Visionaries will share their incredible groundbreaking journeys of discovery and leave you wanting to know more!

Dr Nicoline den Breems

Dr Nicoline Breems research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of Systems Biology, Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics with a special interest in modelling host immune interactions. She is interested in optimising parameters, and the use of ordinary differential equations, data-driven analytical and numerical analyses to simulate and investigate the complexity in biological systems. Her current research involves developing project complex system models to simulate cell signalling, e.g. cancer-immune interactions and gene network regulation, in biological systems.

Shayne Gooch 

Shayne Gooch is the Dean of Engineering (Academic) at the University of Canterbury. Shayne has been working with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery via the Len Lye Foundation on the design of Len Lye sculptures since 1996. His first project was to commission and build Big Blade (2001) as part of a PhD study in mechanical engineering.



Dr. Simon P Taylor

Dr Simon Taylor was awarded the Kudos Science Educator award in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards encouraging an understanding and appreciation of science to youth and the wider community. Simon has publicly lectured in astrophysics, nuclear fusion, cosmo- chemistry, the beauty of physics and music, the physics of surfing and learning futures. Currently, Simon lectures at Waikato University.



Suranga Nanayakkara 

Suranga Nanayakkara is among that rare breed of engineers that has a sense of “humanity” in technology. In 2011, he founded the "Augmented Human Lab" to explore ways of creating ‘enabling’ human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour.

His emphasis on “enabling” rather than “fixing,” has technologies that Suranga has developed have a potentially much broader range of applications.

His work is most important to the people whose lives it most directly impacts those who face challenged to function in the world due to sensory deficits in hearing or vision. Suranga is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, the University of Auckland (UoA).

For the full programme, head to www.womad.co.nz




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