Great to have 1 NEWS around today who were kind enough to cover the story about our earthquake tribute video - so grateful for them helping us to get this tribute out far and wide! The story will be aired at 6pm this Sunday, on the eve of the commemorations. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch the 'From the Rubble' tribute video here - https://fb.watch/3JDJLb8x-e/. #weremember #kiakahachristchruch
Media release – 9 February 2021
When the devastating earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, NZ pianist and former St John Paramedic, Kris Baines, was attending a training session. Escaping safely from the building, within thirty minutes Baines and his colleagues found themselves in the midst of what he describes as “utter chaos.” He spent the rest of the day working in the city, with most of his time spent at the CTV building.
As a composer, Baines has been working on a musical tribute for the 10th Anniversary of the earthquake later this month. In collaboration with Andrew Joyce, the principal cellist from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Baines has been working on a special music video featuring his original composition, “From the Rubble.” In addition to footage of the duo performing in locations around Christchurch, the video will also feature all 185 names of the victims, set to the music Baines composed. “Towards the end of the track, I transition into a very emotive arrangement of Pokarekare Ana, which seemed to fit so well, as it speaks of an eternal love for those we cannot be with.”
A Pledge Me campaign has been set up and Baines is hopeful they will meet or exceed their target, to make the video “as good as it can be.” Baines needs to reach the target by midnight Friday.
“We set the target low to cover costs, but it would be great to improve the quality as much as possible and give something to those who have helped in so many ways.” As part of the campaign, a percentage of funds raised will go to support St John Ambulance, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, and the Memorial Fund for the victims’ families.
Baines said he was honoured to also be invited to perform a solo piano version of his composition at the private memorial for the victim’s families, this 22nd February. “It is such a special honour to be able to do this, and I know it will be quite emotional too.”
If you want to find out more about the project, or donate to the campaign, visit tinyurl.com/r4uby6fo or search “Kris Baines earthquake tribute video.”
For more info on Kris Baines and his music, visit krisbaines.com
The music video, “From the Rubble” will be released on 15 February 2021, along with the single which will be available on all streaming platforms.
I had the privilege of being interviewed recently by Kathy Parsons from MainlyPIano.com - we had a blast! Hope you enjoy it! Click here to read the full interview...
Today, 3 Dec "Presence" was released. This is a 9 min Christmas EP, feauturing 5 carols played in a dreamy, cinematic style. It's quite different to my regular music, but I think you will like it :-) Also you can check out my new arrangement of "Mary Did You Know" - also available now. Click photos for Spotify links...
My new album, "Melodies & Interludes, Vol. 2" was released worldwide on 19 Oct, 2018. Check out the reviews on the "reviews" page here - I have been so encouraged by the reviews. Last month I performed at 2 concerts in the USA, and coming up on 26 November, I will be doing an album release concert here in my home town of Christchurch. To purchase or stream the album, see the info here. For more info on the concert click here.
I'm excited to be releasing the first single of my upcoming album, Melodies & Interludes, Vol. 2. This track is the first track on the album, and is available as a single worldwide on 28 September. See below for a teaser clip! You can also pre-save on Spotify here.
New Single Out Today!!! It's called "Far Away" (live) and here is a video of the performance. Thanks to Joe Bongiorno from Piano Haven for recording/mastering the video and single. Please share if you like it - thanks for your support!
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Well this was unexpected! Last week, it appears my version of "God Defend New Zealand" made it to #2 in the NZ iTunes Easy Listening Charts, and #97 in the NZ iTunes Top 100 across all genres. I didn't even know about this until I saw it in a google search for something different! It's quite hilarious that a solo piano track ended up 2 spaces away from a Def Leppard song! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!