Looking forward to performing on a turn-of-the-century New York Steinway concert grand piano which will be transported to Te Papa for the Fletcher Construction Centennial Anniversary (1909-2009) corporate function on December 5. According to Cameron Crawford of PianoShop, the Steinway was one of two "duelling pianos" played by Wayne Mason and Crawford at Wellington Railway Station at the start of NZ Music Month in May.
I received a mention in the Wairarapa Times-Age newspaper today following my People's Choice Awards win. A few errors in the story, but otherwise a fairly straight article and all good for helping raise my profile in the region. My thanks to Nathan Crombie of the Times-Age for the article, and to Mark Harris of Event Action for dobbing me in!
I've just purchased and downloaded the album "Punto de Partida" which is a collection of clever musical artistry by Argentinian jazz and bossa nova guitarist Julio Rocella. This album is a kaleidoscope of jazz, blues, and latin. The only thing that lets the album down for me is the incongruous inclusion of Paul McCartney's song "Yesterday." It's not that I dislike the song; it just seems out of place. Otherwise this album is superb.
I was surprised and delighted to receive a phone call on Monday from Sharon Schutte of New Zealand's Corporate Events Guide informing me that I am the winner of the 2009 People's Choice Award for the Best Nationwide Bands category. A huge THANK YOU to all who supported my nomination by voting - you made it happen!
CGA Managing Director Stuart Macklin writes: "The Corporate Events Guide People's Choice Awards honour New Zealand companies that have excelled in their field of expertise over the last 12 months. Now in their fourth year, the Corporate Events Guide People’s Choice Awards are known as the most prestigious awards in the event planning industry.
"13,000 votes have been recorded throughout the year and we are very happy to inform you that Andre Mendes Da Costa emerged as the Best Nationwide Bands in the Corporate Events Guide People’s Choice Awards 2009.
"The Corporate Events Guide People's Choice Awards are a fantastic accolade to associate with your company. The votes you received were generated from event planners across New Zealand who have had a positive experience with your company. The Corporate Events Guide is recognised as the leading directory in New Zealand for event planners, and this award will provide consumers with confidence and reassurance when booking your product."
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