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Rail Land on track

Alternative coal that was too sparky for vintage locomotive Wa165's spark arrestor has been replaced with regular coal which means musician Anthonie Tonnon's Rail Land show will still depart from Gisborne Railway Station on Sunday.

Brought to Gisborne by the artist who last year staged the intergalactic, multi-sensory experience A Synthesized Universe as part of the Tairawhiti Arts Festival, Tonnon returns to present an immersive experience that is conceptual, visual, theatrical, musical and involves a train and a hall.

At 3pm on Sunday, the Wa165 will take the artist and his audience to Muriwai venue, Te Whare Maumahara (the house of reminiscence), where Tonnon will perform his most recent immersive experience, Rail Land.

Tickets are still available for the performance that involves music, visuals and narrative that focuses on the age of the train and railcar and even public transport as a whole. Powered by a New Zealand-designed, portable synthesiser-sampler known as the Deluge, a small midi controller from which Tonnon can wirelessly operate LED lighting effects, and a 1968 semi-hollow electric guitar the show includes a mix of songs — some familiar, some new, others are Rail Land focused and all are linked by synthesised soundscapes, Tonnon told The Guide last week.

■ Rail Land, by Anthonie Tonnon, Sunday, November 1. Depart by train as part of the immersive experience from Gisborne Railway Station at 3pm for the show at Te Whare Maumahara, Muriwai. Tickets $60 from www.eventfinda.co.nz

Presented by Arts On Tour New Zealand InCahoots with Gisborne City Vintage Railway and Te Whare Maumahara.

LOCOMOTIVE BREATH: Don't worry about the caption in the Gisborne Photo News picture. People who join musician Anthonie Tonnon's Rail Land show on Sunday will be returned to Gisborne from the Muriwai venue after the show. Tickets are still available for the unique experience. Picture Gisborne Photo News No 57, April 2, 1959