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Singing in ‘No Man’s Land’

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I am really excited to be a featured singer in the epic ‘love-letter to peace’ which is John Psathas’ ‘No Man’s Land’. I met John about a year ago, and didn’t quite know how huge and amazing this project was when I first was asked to join in. This is what it says on the project’s website by way of an introduction: “Acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas, ONZM is leading the creation of a ground breaking new cinematic performance in commemoration of the First World War.  Musicians descended from opposing forces of the Great War will be brought together on the battlefields of WWI in an original composition.  These musical collaborations will be fused into a unique 70 minute film, to be projected alongside live musicians on-stage.  All musicians, live and virtual, will perform as one epic global orchestra”. My part was filmed last November out at Whitireia. It was a[…]

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Kia Mataara single fundraiser for KidsCan

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Acclaimed performer Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) has released Kia Mataara today. The single has been eagerly anticipated by Tikao’s fans and will be supported by a multi-date tour of the South Island, Wellington and Auckland, starting in Wellington on 1 November (see details for tour on the ‘konohete/live’ link on this website). Kia Mataara is the first new release from Ariana since her album “From Dust to Light” (2012) and is available at http://arianatikao.bandcamp.com.  The new waiata is dedicated to and inspired by Ariana’s teenage daughter and money raised from the sale of the single will be donated to the charity KidsCan.  Kia Mataara is a hauntingly beautiful song has at its heart a call to all young women to, as the title says, ‘be alert and vigilant’ and to be strong within themselves. “It’s a message to stay true to yourself and stay strong in the face of whatever[…]

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Kia Mataara single release and tour announcement

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Press release:   Acclaimed performer Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) will release Kia Mataara in November. The single has been eagerly anticipated by Tikao’s fans and will be supported by a multi-date November tour of the South Island and Wellington starting in Wellington on 1 November.   Kia Mataara is the first new release from Ariana since her album “From Dust to Light” (2012) and will be available at http://arianatikao.bandcamp.com  from 1 November.   The new waiata is dedicated to and inspired by Ariana’s teenage daughter. This hauntingly beautiful song has at its heart a call to all young women to, as the title says, ‘be alert and vigilant’ and to be strong within themselves. “It’s a message to stay true to yourself and stay strong in the face of whatever is to come,” says Ariana.   The first recording of the new single was made at Bob Bickerton’s Nelson studio[…]