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Ariana Tikao

Composer, Performer

Biography

Ariana is a composer and performer of waiata in te reo Māori and English, as well as an exponent of taonga puoro. Although now living in Wellington, her music is inspired and influenced by her Kāi Tahu (Māori) ancestry and the dramatic landscape of Te Wai Pounamu – The South Island of New Zealand. Ariana began writing waiata in the Kāi Tahu dialect while studying at Otago University in the early ‘90s and started performing in 1993 with the folk group, ‘Pounamu’. She started her solo music career in the early 2000s and has become well known for her engaging live performances and critically acclaimed recordings. She has released three solo (Whaea, Tuia, and From Dust to Light), two collaborative albums, and several music videos, one of which (for her waiata ‘Tuia’) won an international award at the imagiNATIVE film + media festival in Toronto in 2009. She is also a member of the Christchurch-based Māori-Celtic themed folk group, ‘Emeralds and Greenstone’ and collaborates regularly with Alistair Fraser, and Ben Lemi Wood (Trinity Roots), and has also performed with Horomona Horo.

Ariana has been formally mentored by Dr Richard Nunns, and supported by Brian Flintoff, two of the people at the forefront of the revival of taonga puoro. She regularly includes taonga puoro in her live performances and recordings.

In 2015 Ariana was a soloist with the APO at the Auckland Arts Festival performing kōauau and singing a karakia for Kenneth Young’s ‘In Paradisum’. She co-composed with Philip Brownlee, the first concerto for taonga puoro, ‘Ko te tātai whetū,’ which she also performed with the CSO for its world premiere in June 2015. The concerto was based around a traditional mōteatea, which relays a southern version of the story of Hinetītama and Tāne. In 2016 Ariana was a featured singer in John Psathas’s epic international collaboration ‘No Man’s Land’.

In 2008 she was a soloist in the WOW Wearable Arts Awards in Wellington, and performed in the prestigious Pao Pao Pao event in the Wellington Town Hall where she was presented with an achievement award from Toi Māori. Ariana is also a published poet and writer.


Composed (31)

Amokura

for ensemble, voice and taonga puoro


Beautiful

3m 48s


Clinging Things

for female vocal trio, taonga pūoro and cello


E Hine

1m 11s


E Rere

3m 20s


Espresso

3m 41s


Hinearoraki

5m 40s


Ka taka te mōtoi

for ensemble, voice and taonga puoro


Ko te tātai whetū

for taonga pūoro and orchestra, 18m 30s


Ko te tātai whetū (chamber version)

for taonga puoro and chamber ensemble, 15m 30s


Korakorako

for SSA choir and percussion, arranged by Nanako Sato


Korakorako

4m 12s


Kua Ngaro

5m 23s


Kā Roimata

3m 6s


Matariki

4m 17s


My Da

2m 44s


Niwareka

5m 34s


Oxygenated

3m 25s


Peninsular

5m 7s


Rainbow

1m 46s


Remembrance

4m 19s


Stitched

4m 57s


Te Atatu

2m 34s


Te Haeata

2m 26s


Te Heke

4m 49s


Tuia

4m 26s



Performances (4)

Music From Her

Our Music From Her festival, held in mid-October, will celebrate, support and encourage diverse v...


Suffrage Songs Recomposed

Featuring nine female composers, this concert will see a collection of New Zealand women’s suffra...


NZSO Shed Series | Wai

__HAMISH MCKEICH__ | Conductor __ARIANA TIKAO__ | Taonga puoro __TORU TAKEMITSU__ | Arc...


NZSO Shed Series | Wai

__HAMISH MCKEICH__ | Conductor __ARIANA TIKAO__ | Taonga puoro __TORU TAKEMITSU__ | Arc...