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Tohu (2018)

by Bob Bickerton

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Tohu 21:59


This multi-media project was inspired by the Tuku Iho collection of paintings by Robin Slow and the associated exhibition of Taonga Pūoro by Brian Flintoff. The paintings tell many stories of the past and weave in images of Taonga Pūoro.

The music by Bob Bickerton features many Taonga Pūoro made by Brian Flintoff and is a single track in nine movements. Each movement was inspired by a painting from the collection.

The catalogue, which is available for download at Bob's website, contains images of Robin’s paintings including explanations of each painting’s tikanga, as well as notes on the music relating to that painting. It also contains photographs and notes on some of the Taonga Pūoro displayed in the exhibition.


released January 9, 2018

© Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff & Bob Bickerton 2016 - All rights of the artists reserved.


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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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