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I formed the Cosmic Jive Quartet to celebrate the songs of David Bowie. Accompanied by three exciting and highly talented young musicians, the honest simplicity of our stripped back and largely acoustic instrumentation allows Bowie's masterful songwriting to take centre stage. If you love David Bowie, then we’d love to play for you. If the occasion suits it, I can also give a talk on David Bowie as a precursor to the band’s performance.

Craig Monk (violin), Liam Donnelly (keys), Pania Simmonds (bass), and Ian Chapman (vocals and percussion). Photography by Adam Binns

“It was an extraordinary and rousing performance by the academic musicologist and Bowie aficionado, and author of the book “Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener’s Companion”, Ian Chapman. Ian was brilliantly accompanied by Liam Donnelly on piano and Pania Simmonds on acoustic and electric bass, and sounds they made together were sublime.”
— CHRISTCHURCH CITY LIBRARIES BLOG