Te Pari o Auahatanga, The Flood of Inspiration: Songs recorded on the Whanganui River.
Auaha (meaning ‘to inspire’) are a group of musicians brought together by a flood. In 2015 Whanganui experienced its worst flood in 100 years. This tragic event inspired a group of contemporary and traditional Maori musicians to embark on a journey, both figurative and literal, on the Whanganui River. This journey resulted in 12 new compositions inspired by the stories and natural environment of this amazing part of Aotearoa New Zealand. After paddling and recording on the river for three days, the group then recorded the album at Koriniti Marae on the banks of the river, and at the Whanganui Musicians Club at the mouth of the river.
The disparate styles of the group members including roots, rock, neo-soul, traditional Māori chant, and taonga puoro, has resulted in an album that is eclectic and surprising. Blending history, cultures, backgrounds and disciplines of the artists involved. Auaha represent a journey into what indigenous music was, is and can be.
Auaha is - Ariana Tikao, Alistair Fraser, Matiu Bartlett, Sacha Keating, Te Paerata Tichbon, Charles Ranginui, Brad McMillan and Elise Goodge.
This project received funding from The Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme Whanganui District, The Lilburn Trust and Whanganui District Council Youth Development Fund.
We spent last week shooting our debut music video for 'E Moko E' in Whanganui with the amazing Will Moore directing and Manoa Teaiwa as choreographer. The rushes look amazing, can't wait to show you all the finished product.
Auaha Finalist in Waiata Maori Music Awards 2017
Our album has been nominated as a finalist in this year's Waiata Maori Music Awards in the traditional section. The award ceremony will be held on Friday 15 September. We will keep you posted, wish us luck! https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/finalists-announced-2017-waiata-maori-music-awards
Nine Rising Stars of Matariki
We are honored to be named one of the nine rising stars of Matariki by Radio New Zealand and to have been included on this list alongside such amazing New Zealand talent! http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201849965/nine-rising-stars-of-matariki
Te Pari O Auahatanga Album Released
Auaha's debut album was released today and is available to purchase on bandcamp ahead of the first of a series of release concerts beginning on 8 July. Download the album now or check out our shows to come and see the album live and purchase a CD copy.
Riding the Rising Waters of Taonga Puoro
Read this wonderful article about our trip by the fabulous Carly Thomas from the Manawatu Standard.
Join us for a special performance of our album Te Pari o Auahatanga, The Flood of Inspiration, live. Auaha’s performance blends instrumental pieces with more western style songs to help the audience relive the journey the group undertook on the Whanganui River in April of 2017. The instrumental segments lead into original songs composed during the 8 day river trip. The songs are as eclectic as the group members and run the gauntlet of mōteatea and chant to drum and bass, neo soul, rock and blues. All this is complemented by visual imagery recorded on the river by the group as they undertook the journey to create these new songs. The aim of the performance is to surprise the audience with the variety of music in both English and Te Reo Māori. It is also to take the audience on a journey to better help them understand the meaning behind the compositions. It is to represent the Whanganui River as Te Awa Tupua, the river ancestor and to remind audiences that all rivers are precious and in need of our protection and care. Tickets on sale through Fringe in the Stings $20 waged, $15 unwaged.