Multi-instrumentalist and master accompanist Jon Sanders bring Taranaki fiddler Krissy Jackson to the stage.
Krissy Jackson has been a musician from the tender age of two when she began learning the violin. Krissy is a mother of two, composer, performer, teacher and choral 'Musical Director'. Most recently, she has taken time off from teaching high school music to pursue her other musical interests. This year Krissy hopes to produce her first CD of original music.
Learning through the Suzuki method was a real bonus for Krissy, as it taught her to play by ear as well as through music reading. As a child, Krissy was strictly classical, to the point where her parents began to worry about her sanity (and rightly so!!). As a teenager, Krissy was introduced to the joys of Celtic music through acoustic music festivals and hasn’t looked back since. She has played with many Irish/Celtic bands including Reel Men and Shenaniganz in the Waikato as well as jamming and performing with many other musicians. Most recently she performed with Craig Smith at the ‘Taranaki For Christchurch’ concert.
Far from being strictly classical, Krissy now enjoys playing Celtic, Bluegrass, NZ Folk, Jazz, Gypsy as well as classical (and maybe just a little country). Never one to turn down an opportunity to play and perform, Krissy loves to jam with singer-songwriters and cover bands.
Jon Sanders is recognised as a virtuoso bouzouki player, tenor ukulele player, drop D and DADGAD guitarist and an internationally acclaimed composer. His composition draws on elements of jazz, gypsy, funk, arabic, latino and Celtic styles, somewhat reminiscent of Sylvain Luc, Pierre Bensusan, Antonio Forcione and James Hill yet instantly different. He has developed the ngoni uke, a hybrid Mali small ngoni and ukelele, and the guizouki, a bouzouki/guitar fusion instrument. These are used extensively in his new album, Zoukelele.