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This album features the music from the films Water Whisperers Tangaroa and Sky Whisperers Ranginui directed by Kathleen Gallagher of Wickcandle Films (www.wickcandle.co.nz). The process of creating this music involved an intensive week of writing and recording for each film with inspiration sought from the beautiful Te Tau Ihu environment.

The sound of birds, water and wind were the impetus to create what is essentially an improvised sonic landscape.

Taonga Pūoro, the traditional instruments of Māori are interwoven with Celtic instruments such as the harp, flute and bodhran.

Waiata composed during this creative time and sung with passion and beauty by Aroha and her son Taihuka take us further on a joinery to another world, another place.

The nature of Sky Whisperers Ranginui led us to explore new ways of presenting the taonga pūoro using sampling and effects techniques. All these sounds use the traditional instruments as their source resulting in a rich woven tapestry blending old sounds with new.

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released July 16, 2019

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Bob Bickerton Nelson, New Zealand

Bob Bickerton is based in Nelson, New Zealand and has had a long career as a music manager, sound engineer and performing artist.

His earlier albums specialised in traditional and self-penned Celtic music, but in more recent times he has collaborated with other artists as a kaiwhakatangitangi or practitioner of taonga pūoro, the traditional instruments of Māori.
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