Local Talent

One of the great things on Great Barrier is the amazing musical talent that crosses my path. Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of working with Elaine Ngawaka from Kawa Marae and her enthusiastic Kapa Haka group. The outcome will be a soundtrack for a promotional video for the Kapa Haka group’s visit to Spain.

Shortly I will also be recording some of Elaine’s original songs – hopefully accompanied by her husband Opo who plays a mean lead guitar part.

It has also been fun recording Waimarama (Wai) Knowles, a talented local singer songwriter. During our recent sessions we multi-tracked lead and backing vocals, guitar and percussion with Wai performing all the parts.

Recording and Mixing Flowing Waters Production

The last two weeks have been spent recording and mixing the sound track for the Flowing Waters dramatic production to be performed at the Hamilton Arts Festival in Feb 2018. It was a joy to work with Janet Jennings the composer as we recorded Voices NZ under Karen Grylls at the Auckland University Music School; and to then mix these recordings with an astonishing orchestral rendering of Janet’s composition produced by Teresa Conners and James Maxwell. It has been a lot of fun and I am looking forward to hearing feedback about the live performances.

Here is the description of the show from the Arts Festival web site:

A theatrical event by Witi Ihimaera, Tom Roa and Janet Jennings.

A Hamilton première for a Waikato story. Singing, acting, kapa haka, film and dance come together in a ground-breaking and dazzling musical drama, written and produced specially for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2018. Flowing Water tells the epic story of the Waikato River and all the peoples nurtured by the river – Māori, Pakeha and later migrants in a landmark production supported by Tainui.  The Maori scenes have been devised by Tom Roa. Directed by John Drummond, the thrilling première features a large cast of leading performers with strong local links. Acclaimed writer Witi Ihimaera wraps his magic around the story of the Waikato River and brings it to life for family and friends to enjoy. “The story of the Waikato River,” he says, “is the story of New Zealand. We are proud to put the Waikato at the forefront of our country’s history.”

Recording Cate and Claire Pierard

A fun session at Waikato’s Gallagher Theatre recording Cate and Claire Pierard singing a wide variety of duets for soprano and mezzo voice. This recording is for a CD to be used for marketing Cate and Claire’s considerable singing talents.