It’s not everyday in Christchurch that you have the opportunity to experience world class jazz music. However, this October you get the opportunity to indulge in world-class live music when NCRE hosts Jef Neve and The Piano.
In recent years, Jef Neve has grown into one of Belgium’s most famous jazz musicians. His album Spirit Control got to the top 10 of the Belgian pop chart in the first week of its release – unheard of for a jazz artist. But is it still jazz? And if so, does it matter?
Neve is someone who does not think in boxes, and approaches each project with an open mind, which has resulted in exciting collaborations that cannot be captured in one genre. From Toots Thielemans to Jonathan Jeremiah, José James to Jamie Cullum, and Dutch rapper Typhoon to Gabriel Rios and Kobe Proesmans, every time the exchange of ideas has produced musical fireworks.
This time round, there is a remarkable duet with American pop musician Sam Sparro called Caterpillar. Again, not an obvious combination, but you can hear both artists almost literally step out of their comfort zones and (maybe for that very reason) create a result that is as surprising as it is successful. “I like a taste of everything, and it’s not in my nature to rule out any cooperation in advance. I’m open to experimentation. Often it’s the very thing that enriches my music” says Neve.
As Mary James of the London Jazz News describes, “Neve writes beautiful tunes that hang around in your head and send you back to replay this album again and again, so satisfying is his virtuosity and eloquency of feeling. This is a truly beautiful personal album of many layers and subtle colours from the master of emotional intensity truly at ease with himself.”
Jef Neve will be bringing music from his new album, Spirit Control, to The Piano on Thursday 12 October at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased via Eventfinder here>
Oindrila is a PhD student at the Department of Psychology, researching aspects of memory, more specifically the concept of nostalgia and am looking for people to participate in my research. She tells us more:
What the study involves: You will think about an event (I will tell you exactly what to think about) which will be recorded using an EEG or a hand-operated switch, and then answer a few questions about the event and yourself. The study takes about an hour to complete and is conducted at the psychology department. You will receive a $10 petrol voucher or Westfield Gift Card as a token of appreciation for your time. Anyone above the age of 18 can participate; mature students and people above the age of 25 are especially welcome. You cannot take part if you have a hand injury.
The study will be running until mid-November and again from February 2018. Please email me to book an appointment on firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, feel free to contact me later in the year if you are interested but busy at the moment. Any help is appreciated!
UC supports the vision of a Health Precinct in Christchurch that integrates health care, population health, industry services, research, education and innovation in a world-class environment that attracts and retains top talent and delivers outstanding health outcomes. Partners include the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury, ARA and the University of Otago.
You are warmly invited to the University of Otago, Christchurch, Health Showcase.
Sunday, 1 October, 1pm to 5pm, University of Otago, Christchurch, building at 2 Riccarton Ave (on the Christchurch Hospital campus).
Tour the labs, visit the medical Simulation Centre (where students and other health professionals practice skills before using them in real-life medical situations), watch a debate hosted by Gary McCormick called We can all live to 120 years old and talk to our researchers.
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The Health Precinct is an area within the city dedicated entirely to testing, fixing and discovering new ways to improve the wellbeing of the Christchurch community. Read more>
Student Katherine Pearse was part of the Summer Startup Programme 2016/17 and highly recommends other students sign up this year. Applications are open until Monday 18 September. Find out more>
Last summer, I was one of 36 students to take part in the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Summer Startup Programme. It was a full-on but totally inspiring 10 weeks. For me, it was all about giving it a shot and trying something different. Applications for the programme are welcome whether or not you have an idea for a business or social enterprise.
Over the 10 week programme you are guided through the stages of bringing a business or social enterprise to life. Some people (including me) had just an idea at the start of the programme, while others already had a fully fledged business or social enterprise, and used the programme to gain further help and expertise. An example of students and their businesses on the programme included; a student developing the idea of a technology based virtual reality system for health and safety in the workplace. While other students were more focussed on the concept of a social enterprise and had businesses ranging from a successful public art exhibition project to one that creates fair-trade and ethical street wear (Mallu). Other ideas were by students who had really successful home storage systems (Tom from Pegboard Co. and Laura from Rad Home). It was really fun to be in such a diverse environment with people who were so passionate about their ideas!
Working at UCE over the summer and having that time solely focussed on a business idea was key – not to mention all the support from UCE. Each week has a different focus that is applied to your business/social enterprise, from intellectual property to marketing to investment – you name it, it was covered! A highlight for me was the countless speakers (almost everyday) who gave presentations on their own entrepreneurial journey and businesses. Think serial entrepreneurs, at the top of their field from all over New Zealand. Mentorship is another big focus of the programme. We had numerous ‘speed networking’ sessions with those in the business/entrepreneurial/social enterprise scene in Christchurch who helped to validate and give feedback on our work. Moreover, we were able to really capitalise on the connections and mentors provided by UCE.
The unique learnings from the programme, business connections, chance to meet new people in an inspiring environment and a $5k scholarship are all worth it – you are basically paid to give your entrepreneurial streak a chance over the summer! I’d highly recommend you apply!
More information about the Summer Startup Programme can be found here. Applications close 12pm, Monday 18 September – apply now!
Thinking of returning to study? Want to experience UC from a student perspective? Come along to the Postgraduate Info Evening and learn about UC’s flexible postgraduate study options at the expo and information sessions. You could even study while you work.
Wednesday 20 September, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Engineering Core, 69 Creyke Road
Attend information sessions to get an overview of flexible study options, and how to finance, structure and plan your postgrad study. Chat one to one at the expo with staff from different departments and support services about your specific study options and how to balance study with your lifestyle and other commitments.
Drop into the expo anytime from 5.00pm – 7.30pm.
See information session times here>