Radius are an instrumental duo that will transport you to places you’ve never been. Soaring slide guitar, dobro, lap steel with lush soulful saxophone, funky flute riffs with hard out banjo strumming and a good dose of stomp to get you swaying … this folky, jazzy bluesy duo uses every possible combination of their many instruments as well as loops to create a spellbinding show, a mind blowing sound for two people!
Radius packed out every venue that they played as part of our National Festival 2014. We need a bigger room for them next year. An unmissable duo that balances consumate musicianship with a real “wow” factor!’ – Dave Bishop – Audience Development Manager, National Jazz Festival Tauranga 2014
‘These guys are exceptional, they just blew everyone away at Nelson Jazz Festival’ – Liam Ryan – Festival Director Woollaston Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival 2014.
‘New Zealand duo Radius are exceptional and an inspiration not to be missed.’
Scottish born guitarist Harry Harrison began tinkering on his Grandmothers banjo at the age of 12. It wasn’t until his 14th birthday that he was finally given a guitar, and from that moment on, he has never put it down.
After emmigrating to Australia as a boy, Harry spent his teenage years garage-banding with a group of Aussie mates and studying classical guitar on the side. By the 1980’s Harry had begun his career as a professional musician. Now on every kind of guitar invented; dobro, banjo and lap steel, Harry was playing in Sydney bars, clubs, and street corners.
Since moving to NZ in the late 80’s, Harry has worked extensively with established New Zealand artists; Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Midge Marsden, Whirimako Black, Julia Deans, and Anika Moa just to name a few.
His weighty portfolio includes original albums, DVD releases, audio-visual performance collaborations, music for TV documentaries, video production/ photography, and the original orchestral composition “Last light”
Harry now balances tutoring popular music and jazz at CPIT Jazz School with performing writing and producing original music.
Growing up in a cottage in the New Zealand countryside, an old upright piano in the hallway, and her father a classical trumpeter, music was always going to be a way of life for Justine S.
At the age of 9 she started flute and piano lessons, and later went on to discover the saxophone. At 19 Justine was playing in jazz and latin bands
and loving the music stage. Justine discovered a passion for writing music, and in her mid twenties formed a band that provided the perfect arena for performing her own songs.
Now with a background in all styles of music from classical to funk, Justine has developed a colourful and vast performance experience.
In 2010 Justine returned to Christchurch Jazz School to complete her B.A in music and released her debut album ‘Without A Sound’.
The album was written/recorded/produced entirely by Justine, featuring herself on saxophones, flutes, backing vocals and keyboards. The album utilises some of New Zealand’s leading musicians; Jennine Bailey, Lissel Stewart, Darren Pickering, and Harry Harrison to name a few.
After collaborating on the album “Without a Sound” in 2011, Harry Harrison and Justine S discovered playing together produced an effortless flow of soulful melodies and grooves. In 2012 the duo Radius was formed, and within a year released their first album “Seven Tales”.