Ariana Tikao and George Tikao

Behind the scenes

Recently I have been busy behind-the-scenes curating an exhibition and doing some recording for other peoples films and shows. Tonight I will be having a chat on Radio NZ on the Nights programme with Bryan Crump, at 7.10pm, talking about the exhibition I curated called Borderland: The world of James Cowan. It is in association…

Ariana Tikao in Brittany

I am having a great time in Brittany preparing for my showcases, media, interviews and concerts. Tomorrow evening will do a short performance at Dialogue Musiques à Brest and will have CDs to sell too, then have radio & tv the next day, a private concert then the Breizh Polynesia event on Saturday before heading…

Ariana Tikao to perform in France

Press release about upcoming trip to France: Wellington-based Kāi Tahu singer/songwriter Ariana Tikao is travelling to Laquenexy in the north-east of France at the end of May to perform at the opening festivities for a Māori-themed garden. From there she is travelling to Brittany, in France’s north-west, for a programme of concerts and appearances. The…

From Dust to Light album cover

ODT review of From Dust to Light

  Published in the Otago Daily Times, 26 January, 2013 Ariana Tikao’s reflections on such weighty matters as the Christchurch quakes and the death of a friend mix with songs that explore her personal and cultural history on her third album, a smoothly paced and mellow 11-track work. The mood is that of an intimate…

Ariana Tikao

Feature on French blog about kiwi music

  Check out this new blog entry about my music by French journalist Jean-Noel Potin http://tinyurl.com/cmbaxgk He also wrote a review of From Dust to Light available here (along with some other NZ album reviews) http://tinyurl.com/chwqy3x  I was particularly pleased to be approached by a journalist in France as I am planning a trip over there…

Flavours of Aotearoa poster

AWME and Flavours of Aotearoa

  Excited to be off to Melbourne tomorrow to attend the AWME Australasian World Music Expo. Performing at Flavours of Aotearoa fundraiser organised by Toi Haka Iwi Maori in Melbourne. Can’t wait to do my first show in Melbourne ever, and meet our whanau over there. Also my new album is due out this Friday…

Still from Te Heke video

Te Heke Video

I recently released my new music video for ‘Te Heke’ from my forthcoming album From Dust to Light. The video was created by the amazingly talented video artist Louise Potiki Bryant.  I loved working on the video for ‘Te Heke’, particularly the experience of holding the taonga made by my tipuna that we borrowed from the Canterbury Museum. Also seeing my whanau in the video emphasises the importance of whakapapa which is at the essence of the song’s kaupapa. Read more