Te Karere News showcased Whirimako Black‘s smoky, velvet Tuhoe, dolcid jazz-note tones today. Black is a part of Green Fire Islands showcase line up. The ensemble collective can be seen in an event that is a prerequisite, curtain-raiser to the London Olympics 2012.
The incomparable Whirimako’s cultural depth of husky Maori jazz is known by some in the world from the One Giant Leap music project.
“So… beautiful” is their other-worldy, healing sound on the spiritual senses.
Bringing Irish and Kiwi artists together, Green Fire Islands re-presents some of the best fusions of culture, New Zealand can be very proud of, that will be on display in the theatrics of live music theater.
The show’s producer and chief collaborator, Bronwen Christianos noted on Te Karere [paraphrased]: “Both cultures (Irish and Maori) have both known intense oppression from other cultures.”
The stellar show’s website notes: “The first production of Green Fire Islands was in March 2008 in New Zealand. The cutting edge concept of bringing the two cultures of Ireland and New Zealand/Maori together, which had been previously untested, was an outstanding success. Every performance of Green Fire Islands received sustained standing ovations. All of the performers from both sides of the stage (Irish and NZ/Maori) are considered top performers within their respective countries. (more…)