One simply can’t quantify the value of Richard’s contribution, not only to music and the arts in general, but also to our sense of identity as New Zealanders. Of course, he would dismiss such comments as overblown hokum, but anyone who has had the good fortune to work with or simply know Richard will attest to the truth of these words.
The ‘utterance’ recording proved to be Richard’s last. A few weeks later his illness compelled him to pack his wonderful collection of taonga pūoro away permanently, instruments that for decades were an extension of his body, his breathe, his heart, and his soul.
This album is therefore the culmination of a lifetime of passionate commitment to an artistic discipline on one hand, and deeply held beliefs and hope on the other – a philosophical, cultural, creative, and deeply personal journey that was in essence a selfless act of giving.
One is tempted to say that Richard didn’t choose taonga pūoro ... taonga pūoro chose him.
-- Rattle Records --
Click below to hear audio samples and download individual tracks:
- Perilous Knowledge
- Old Shadows
- Spider Shell
- Upper Circle, Lower Case
- Celestial Dog
- The Nearest Clear Liquid
- We Died Once
- City of Green
- Hidden Cameras
- Begin Again
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Rattle Records/SOUNZ licence: available to download