Released in late 2008, Tangaroa, a CD of Gareth Farr's percussion and chamber works has been described by Listener critic Ian Dando, as "Farr at his best." It features eight of his works for marimba performed by Jeremy Fitzsimons, founding member and director of Strike from 1993-2003 and performer on the RIANZ 'Best Classical Album' of 2004.
Fitzsimons is joined by Bridget Douglas who is Principal Flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Kristie Ibrahim who is a Montreal percussionist and duo partner with Fitzsimons in Double Lateral, and pianist Dan Poynton.
Tangaroa features five never-before released works: the title work Tangaroa, inspired by the mighty Pacific Ocean; Tuatara, named after a remarkable reptile; Three Etudes, a solo work exploiting the sonic possibilities of the marimba; Dialogue commissioned by Trust Records especially for this recording and first performed by the featured artists; and Spook, musically elusive and taking the marimba to an extreme of virtuosity. Also featured is the everpopular Kembang Suling and variations of Duggan's Theme, composed originally for the television police-drama.