Wellington-based group Lava (from left) keyboard-recorder
player Rosie O'Connor (13), pianist Vanya Popov, violinist
Acacia O'Connor (16), guitarist Sean O'Connor and flautist
Amanda O'Connor, at the Taranaki Garden Fringe Festival
last October. They will play at the Glenorchy Cafe on
January 14 and at Thomas Brown Art Gallery, in Speargrass
Flat Rd, on January 22. Photo Supplied.
Melodies sung and played by a family-based troupe from
Wellington will grace Glenorchy and an art gallery near
Arrowtown this month.
Lava is made up of New Zealand
singing-songwriting-multi-instrumentalist family the
O'Connors - Amanda and Sean, with teenaged daughters Acacia
and Rosie - plus composer-pianist-singer Vanya Popov, a
Canadian of Russian descent.
They play folk, with modern rock and pop elements, mixed in
with Maori songs and interpretations of rock and pop
The five-piece will be performing originals from their
tentatively titled debut album, One Song at a Time, before
its release by the end of February.
"One of our key strengths is our five-part harmony singing,"
"Several people have been quoted as saying we're eclectic and
versatile and they're quite astonished at the purity,
compared to the commercial stuff."
Popov supported Sean O'Connor on his North Island solo album
tour just days after meeting the family in July through
He told the Queenstown Times this week their collective new
venture Lava was preparing to embark on their debut South
Popov said the entertainers will perform free at the
Glenorchy Cafe, on Friday, January 14, at 7.30pm, then return
to Thomas Brown Art Gallery, in Speargrass Flat Rd, near
Arrowtown, on January 22, at 7.30pm.
The group heads to Auckland in early March then undertakes a
six-month tour, split between North America and Europe, he