Victor Hawkins-Sulfa

Victor Hawkins-Sulfa

Victor Sulfa is an accomplished vocalist, session artist, songwriter and musician.

"Growing up, music was everywhere. Everybody in my family either sang, played and/or appreciated music; so I was surrounded by it, loved it and wanted to know all about it. The stories got me; the way we have memories attached to certain songs, I wanted to be a part of that: All of that."

 Classically trained at age fifteen in voice, piano, harp and violin; Victor  made the decision to develop his craft as a vocalist, singing everything from Opera to Rock. With a four octave range, his versatility as a vocalist has proven to be a valuable asset throughout his career.

At age seventeen he was approached by Vince Harder to be a backing vocalist which began his career as a professional songwriter, session and backing vocalist. Since then he has worked as a vocalist for Stan Walker, Sola Rosa, J Williams, L.A Mitchell, Erakah, Janine Foster, 64D, Illegal Musik, TJ Taotua and more. 

 
 
Jono Sawyer

Jono Sawyer

Jono Sawyer is a drummer and musician that has amassed a wealth of experience all over the world in his career, appearing at some of the most prestigious music festivals throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (two appearances), Glastonbury Festival (UK), the Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Korea, Horizonte Fest in Germany, and Hungary's Sziget Festival (two appearances), to name a few. His drumming career has already seen him take the stage in more than 100 cities throughout the world.

As a Yamaha Drums endorsed artist, Jono has performed with a wide array of top musicians and bands, including: Josh Groban (USA), Chick Corea’s saxophonist Eric Marienthal (USA), Avalanche City (NZ), Hollie Smith (NZ), ex-Van Morrison bandleader Georgie Fame (UK), James Morrison (AUS), Tahuna Breaks (NZ), Anika,Boh&Hollie (NZ) Fantine (USA), and Batucada Sound Machine (NZ). His versatility as a musician has also seen him perform as a featured soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, working with the Rodger Fox Big Band for several years, co-producing albums from Alan Brown and Batucada Sound Machine, as well as being an in-demand session player for a wide variety of musical styles and genres. 

 
Richie Pickard

Richie Pickard

Originally from Christchurch, Richie graduated with Honours in Jazz performance from the University of Canterbury in 2005 and has played extensively throughout New Zealand and globally in a range of formats.
As both an electric and double bass player he has performed with international artists including Josh Groban, Elaine Paige and Mary Coughlan and with some of New Zealand’s top musicians, bands, and songwriters including Breaks Co-op, Julia Deans, Cairo Knife Fight, Dave Dobbyn, Nadia Reid, Anna Coddington and Annie Crummer.
A variety of freelance work has seen Richie involved in many musical productions, most recently in ‘Billy Elliot for Auckland Theatre Company and ‘Phantom of the Opera for Amici Productions. Other recent highlights include ‘Play On’ at the ‘Pop up Globe’ theatre and ‘Rock Divas’ with Anika Moa, Julia Deans and the Auckland Philharmonia.
Alongside his performance work, Richie has also recorded extensively, including work on the ‘Mahana’ soundtrack, X Factor NZ, Dancing with the Stars and both of Nadia Reid’s recent releases.

 
Kiri-Maree Kainamu-Wheeler

Kiri-Maree Kainamu-Wheeler

Kiri-Maree's extensive experience has seen her perform with Stan Walker on his first tour of NZ in 2011, along with Erakah, Taye Williams, Souljah, Sons of Zion, 1814, House of Shem, Fiji, Aardijah, Aaradnah, Three Houses Down, Che Fu, Home Brew and Annabel Faye. She's featured at various music and jazz festivals including Parachute, Mission Bay Jazz Festival, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Tauranga Jazz Festival, Nelson Jazz Festival and Queenstown Jazz Festival.

As a recording artist, she has worked as a pianist on Black Sand Diva's albums Chameleon and Rawahi, as well as on Ngatapa Black's Miss Black & The Light.

 
Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Based in Auckland, Andy has over 9 years of performing and tutoring experience playing with well-known bands and artists such as Alan Brown, Kick, Grand Central Band, Lewis McCallum and Caitlin Smith. Some of the festivals he has played at include Tauranga Jazz Festival, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Massey Food and Wine Festival, Parihaka, Parachute, Whangarei Jazz Festival, Auckland Jazz in Parks and many more.