Edwina Thorne - Trumpet Diva




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Epitome, woman's jazz n blues Band

02 Aug 2015

Edwina Thorne on Trumpet 
Renee Cosio on Keyboards
Henrieta Tornyai on Bass
Bernie Pukeroa on Drums
Kim Halliday on Guitar.

An original project with emphasis on dynamics, timbre, and emotions. Using global rhythms on Miles Davis type modes, this unique combination of exceptionally  talented musicians,  will play their interpretations of popular standards, 

Trumpet Diva Edwina Thorne, won the second highest award at the Variety Artists Awards Ceremony in 2014 for excellence in Music.Last year, Edwina also won her own fathers cup at the Auckland Brass Band  Association Competitions, performed at Jazz Festivals and clubs in New York, followed by the Queens town JazzFestival, and then the Samoan Jazz Festival.. Edwina has released 5 albums and is an international performer having played in Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and through out Europe. 

Renee Cosio is a jazz pianist/vocalist who has completed a bachelor of music in jazz performance at Massey University. Renee performs regularly at weddings/corporate functions and  restaurants whose style has been compared to Diana Krall and Norah Jones.

Henrieta Tornyai is a phenomenal acoustic bass player who was born in Yugoslavia, is a graduate from the Cheap Cartier Replica New Zealand School of Music in Auckland in Jazz Performance and also studied under Prof. Richard Davis in Madison Wisconsin, USA.

Bernie Pukeroa is a drummer of enormous respect for her feel and tenacity for many challenges that this experienced groove merchant brings to this stellar line up. Well known for her work with the Gerlz ,
Pink Terrace and Guggi Waka.




07 Dec 2012

Here is a small but significant insight into my trip to Turkey this year. I hope to share pictures and insights about this amazing country in the future but it is paramount that I explain the main reason why I went to Turkey. I was invited to perform at AWID's International Forum on women's rights  and development in Istanbul,rc helicopter which is a non profit organization working towards the full equality of  women & human rights for all  people. I have been a member of AWID since 2006, when I first performed at their conference with Dr Marilyn Waring in Thailand and having always been a socialist at heart, I was really impressed at AWID's strategies and outcomes that benefit the community at large. Belonging to a women's organization seems to con jour up an anti - men or lesbian image for many people but this is propaganda and a false myth created to deflect from the real issues.  The majority of the conference presenters were married with children which I felt gave them even more empathy for their husbands, son's, father's and brother's who suffer also when a society enforces their choice on what a woman can wear, say, go, do, let alone being able to work or study to learn skills. I had been a passive feminist  but with systemic crises, financial meltdown's, environmental disasters, increased inequality and poverty, and intensified repression and violence which is having a tremendous negative impact on people's livelihoods and rights around the world, I can not just sit on the side line anymore and think "what has this got to do with me".
The focus this year was on "Transforming Economic Power to advance Women's rights and Justice", which is really deep, and I welcome any specific questions, but just for example, I would like you to think of all the non- paid work you do, which New Zealand and the VAC in particular, are so dependent on. In the world community also, most of women's work (and a growing number of men) is non paid ie child care, elder care, food production, resource protection, and yet most local and governmental decisions are based on income production/paid work, or money producing enterprises and It is this disparity that is polluting our environment, both physically and socially.
I am proud to be a part of and be able to contribute to AWID and any organization that promotes inclusion, respect and sharing/ learning from each other's diverse realities which also includes the VAC.
If there was a happiness index in our constitution, such as in Butan, there would be no problem supplying our VAC secretary with a new computer to facilitate the tremendous and immense work that she (hopefully) can do with a broken foot but not a broken computer.
I challenge you to make a list of all the non paid work you do and/or have done, as I have below, as this is to acknowledge and value yourself, as my journey began there.



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