THE INVITATION TOUR - TEEKS - WELLINGTON
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“I invite you to enter the water with me;
to discover the power and strength that lies in vulnerability."
Critically acclaimed Māori artist TEEKS (Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi) invites fans across New Zealand to ‘The Invitation Tour’, his debut headlining tour and a special, up-close and personally curated concert experience.
Set in some of the most beautiful venues around the country, TEEKS ushers audiences into the realm of his new music, set for release in February 2021 via Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand. Designed for an intimate audience experience, tickets to this small and exclusive run of shows are extremely limited with no announcement of additional dates for this tour.
Winding through New Zealand’s heartland, TEEKS will perform accompanied by the acclaimed Black Quartet and Nick Dow on piano, in five historic venues such as the iconic St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity in Auckland, finishing up for a series of precious hometown shows at St Luke’s Church in Hokianga.
Playing with the natural reverberation and ambience of the venues, ‘The Invitation Tour’ has been carefully curated to bring hometown audiences into TEEKS’ space.
Artist pre-sale tickets for all shows are on sale now from thisteeks.com.
General ticket sales for all shows will go live on Monday 16 November, 12pm. For complete tour and ticket information, visit: thisteeks.com.
‘THE INVITATION TOUR’
Backed by piano and string quartet in some of Aotearoa’s most unique, immersive and intimate venues
Thursday 3 December – The Piano, Christchurch
Friday 4 December – St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity, Auckland
Sunday 6 December – Old St Paul’s, Wellington
Tuesday 8 December – Baycourt Addison Theatre, Tauranga
Saturday 12 December – St Luke's Church, Pakanae, Hokianga (matinee and evening show)
New Zealand Māori singer-songwriter TEEKS emerged to national acclaim in 2017 with the release of his debut EP ‘The Grapefruit Skies’. A concise exploration of love and loss, as rendered through the naivety of youth and a soulful musical vocabulary informed by music across generations, ‘The Grapefruit Skies’ opened doors for TEEKS across his home country. What really sealed the deal though, was his concerts, where an ostensible initial shyness quickly gave way to a rare level of vulnerability – vibrating with an intensity that creates deeply relatable meaning out of life’s moments of pain and pleasure.
Over the next two years, TEEKS captivated audiences across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while collecting several prestigious local music awards and nominations, most notably ‘Best Māori Artist’ at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. At the apex of his first wave, TEEKS played the Auckland Town Hall, bringing the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra with him for a historical sold-out performance.
After ‘The Grapefruit Skies’, TEEKS returned to the studio for an introspective period of hard-won personal and artistic growth. He found solace in a complete surrender to emotion, the rejection of colonised masculinity, and the duality of Te Ao Māori: the worldview of his indigenous people.
Celebrated by Vogue (who declared TEEKS as “New Zealand’s Soulful Singer To Know”), his most recent material including single ‘Without You’ and ‘I’, an accompanying four-track collection of elegant songs about love and self-knowledge, point the way to his forthcoming debut album, due for release in February 2021.
As the world sits on the precipice of potentially poignant change, TEEKS asks that we might look inside ourselves and reconnect with what we’ve lost. The waters of emotion have never run deeper, but as we enter their depths, we might just rediscover what really matters.
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