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.
Bringing together the artistry of Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly, Alistair Fraser, and Phil Boniface, the Wellington-based band will bring their unique soundscape to audiences across the country. 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.
Released on Oro Records, ‘Bird Like Men‘ is a contemplation on migration and the deeply-embedded desire to return to our spiritual homelands. Tararua has also recently been selected as a finalist for the Best Ensemble in the prestigious international Songlines Awards for world music traditions. Lead vocalist and taongo pūoro performer Ariana Tikao describes Bird Like Men as an exploration of whakapapa and connections through music. 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.