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The poem Tangi was written by Megan Simmonds, a New Zealand poet who lives in the Bay of Plenty. I wanted to explore the use of vocal overtones in this piece; they have often been connected with the spiritual or other-worldly in the various cultures where the technique is practiced.
A tangi (or tangihanga) is a Māori funeral ceremony. The opening material, and position of the singers, is influenced by the Māori powhiri, where visitors are received onto the marae in a customary series of calls and songs by the tangata whenua, each reciprocated in turn by the visitors.
Commissioned by Baroque Voices
Text by Megan Simmonds
27 May 2007: Performance of the original version by Baroque Voices directed by Pepe Becker at the Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington
14 Sep 2007: Performed at the New Zealand School of Music as part of the Composers Competition at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, in Wellington
07 Nov 2010: SMP Ensemble - Mirrors of the Heart
Performed by Baroque Voices with conductor Brent Stewart, recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert