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CMNZ presents Tararua - Bird Like Men

Saturday 21 May 2022


General Admission: $53.23 General Admission Concession: $49.12 Child: $16.38 Student: $16.38


Sat 21 May, 19:00-20:00


Tauranga Art Gallery, 108 Willow Street, CBD, Tauranga

Bringing together the artistry of Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly, Alistair Fraser, and Phil Boniface, the Wellington-based band brings their unique soundscape to Tauranga. Visual artist Louise Pōtiki Bryant provides stunning digital imagery for the multimedia performance inspired by the Māori rock art depictions of bird people at the Maerewhenua historic site in Otago.

Tararua draw on personal history – whānau manuscripts of Tikao and kōrero from Kāi Tahu Whānui –, ancient indigenous stories and knowledge, and the dark beauty of this land to weave together sound worlds from both te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā as well as echoing influences of jazz and folk. 'Bird Like Men' is a contemplation on migration and the deeply-embedded desire to return to our spiritual homelands. Tararua’s evocative music combines taonga pūoro, waiata, karakia and pūrākau (storytelling) with a strong southern Māori influence, partnered with the western instrumental elements of the cello and double bass.

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