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Ariana Tikao, with Emeralds and Greenstone


Fri 28 Nov 2014, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Orange Studios, 3/1063 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Concession: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Orange Studio

Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) will release her single Kia Mataara in November which will be supported by a multi-date November tour of South Island, and Wellington region, including this performance at Orange Studio on 28 November, accompanied by bandmates from Emeralds and Greenstone, who will also play an “E & G” set of their unique and sublime “indigi-folk fusion” of Celtic and Maori influence as well as accompany Ariana on a set of her own music.

Kia Mataara is the first new release from Ariana since her album “From Dust to Light” (2012). 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.

Ariana is looking forward to reuniting with Emeralds and Greenstone (Jon Hooker, James Wilkinson, Laura Taylor and Argene Montgomery-Honger) for this homecoming gig, the final concert of her national tour.

Reviewer’s comments:

Emeralds and Greenstone: “Combining traditional songs and tunes with their own material, E&G have a delicacy of touch that’s almost classical-sounding. More suited to a small attentive audience than a rowdy pub gig, some of the tracks are so feather-light and intricate you find yourself sitting still to catch every wisp” (NZ Musician).

Ariana Tikao: “She has an undeniably powerful voice and the fusion of Maori language with electro-ambient embellishments hinted at old traditions being updated for a new audience…there is a sense of ethereality to Tikao’s song craft” (The Press).

Image created by Raquel Smith

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