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Maree Sheehan

Composer, Performer

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Iwi tribal affiliations: (Ngāti Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Raukawa, Ngāti Tahu- Ngāti Whaoa), Ngāti Pākehā

I have been writing and composing music and songs for over twenty years. My career as an artist started in the 1990s having had several commercial singles and albums released. Within this time, I was nominated at the New Zealand Music awards for most promising vocalist and best Māori waiata (song). I was also awarded the ‘Whangai’ award for contribution to rangatahi (youth) in music, having mentored Nesian Mystik.

My songs have appeared in films such as ‘Once Were Warriors’ and ‘Broken English’. I also love to write for film, television and other artistic projects. I am currently composing for Ōkareka dance company and Exhale dance tribe for the Hokioi/Vwōhali project which will premiere at the Wellington International arts festival 2020.

Ōkareka dance company:

Aside from this particular work I am collaborating as sound designer with Tatiana Tavares a Brazilian artist on her PhD project and previously worked in sound design with Master’s student Robert Pouwhare.

He iti te manu he nui te kōrero – The bird is small – the story is epic

My focus and passion lies in sound design and music for various media, writing and producing with others and for other artists.

Recently, I have collaborated with NIWA, Temp, AUT and F4 on the Ō Tu Kapua project as sound designer and in the Taipei artist in residence project in 2017. I am currently working on sound design with F4 artist collective for the 2019 International photographic exhibition in association with PAH Homestead, The Wallace Trust and the Auckland Museum.

F4 Art Collective:

I am a PhD candidate and lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. My research looks at audio portraiture and the sound of identity of wāhine Māori through an indigenous artistic practice. I have been lecturing at AUT for several years in applied media, music and sound design.

Auckland University of Technology:

Recently, I have been co-writing and producing with a variety of other women singer/ songwriters such as Raźe, Ella Longname as well as Seth Haapu and Valance Smith. Also, I have been invited by Jason Blume to participate at the Kauaii music festival and the Nashville Songposium in the last few years, which has produced other collaborations.

This year, I am working on writing and collaborating with other singers and songwriters with the intention of recording and pitching to domestic and international publishers.