The Aspiring Lifestyle Village in Wanaka has taken an innovative step towards supporting musicians with the announcement of an Artists’ Residency. The initiative will allow the recipient to stay at the Village for weekly periods three times during the year, developing their work and performing at the Village and local venues.
Rakuto Kurano from the University of Canterbury will be the first recipient. While working on his Master of Music thesis, Rakuto will share his musical passions with the Aspiring Village residents and the wider Wanaka community. Forming a local string quartet, giving open master-classes, composing and recording a solo violin piece around Ruby Island and sharing his composition process are just a few of his many bold ideas. Outreach work at the local schools to give a better insight into the music world is also on his radar.
Village resident, Lyn Milne, was instrumental in facilitating the residency: “I was delighted to find such a perfect concert venue on my arrival to the Aspiring Lifestyle Village. The gifted grand piano and ready-made resident audience augers well for some wonderful musical events. Rakuto will be an ideal inaugural recipient and we look forward to welcoming a variety of artists in the future.”
Rakuto has visited Wanaka a number of times over the past few years performing at Rippon Hall with the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand. These memorable lively concerts with such a great acoustic sound while overlooking Lake Wanaka have instilled his love affair with the region. Rakuto is beyond excited to be returning to spend more time in Wanaka and share his love of composition, conducting, piano, violin and viola performance.
Aspiring Village looks forward to inviting the wider public to enjoy a live performance with Rakuto Kurano at the residents’ Lifestyle Centre – traffic light settings permitting – later in the year. Ann Febery, who manages events and activities with the village said “This is such a fantastic opportunity to be able to host a musician of his caliber in the Village. The residents are looking forward to seeing more of Rakuto and getting to know more about what it’s like to be a young, aspiring musician living in New Zealand.”
Those interested in attending can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be kept informed, or keep any eye on the Aspiring Village Facebook page.