Here is our amazing line up from 2018 to give you an idea of the type of program we offer. Featuring a great combination of International, New Zealand and local performers.
Entertainment & Music Programme
Tribal Fires is a 45 min collective offering for Evolve Festival,, using the sprit of the drum,the dance and the communal muse, we will create 45 mins of dynamic,energetic,flow. Our voices, didge ,flutes,percussion, drums, dancers will carry the energy of local and national tribal fires to Evolve, leading all on a journey of sound,movement,community and stillness.
"...infectious joy oozes from her very being, and captured our hearts… one of the most exciting, original and conscious solo performers of Australasia. This woman has got so much raw talent and enthusiasm it is an honour to watch her perform". Concert Review - Victoria State Museum Australia. Mihirangi is a musical master of the art of live looping. One of the worlds first international touring female loop artists, Mihirangi has inspired audiences across the globe. From concerts in the Arctic to a music clip for Sea Shepherd in the Antarctic, she’s also performed in most countries in between. After touring internationally for many years, in 2012 she introduced the country to live looping on NZGT becoming a household name. Weaving live loops of vocals, intricate harmonies, guitar, tāonga puoro, keyboards, world percussion, beat-boxing, drum machines & vocal bass. Singing in Te Reo Māori and English, an Artist Activist and Māori representative for the Global Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardian's, Mihirangi's music will have you committed to dancing, laughing, crying and singing along "I'm a World Citizen". Never taking herself too seriously, her naturalness, infectious laughter and authenticity is engaging. An artist-activist and proud of her roots (Ngāti Rākei, Ngāti Waikorara & Ngāti Pākeha), raised in Kapa Haka, having had a touring musical life, and with a love of sharing her talents in her celebrated workshops Mihirangi has performed for fellow artist-activists Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sly and Robbie, Arrested Development, Tom Thum, John Butler, Michael Franti, Lee Scratch Perry, Public Enemy and Alice Cooper. A former Sea Shepherd Director & crew member, Greenpeace and WSPA activist, Mihirangi is currently Aotearoa's Ambassador for the Global Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardians. ‘The world is full of musical prodigies, but Mihirangi’s got them all beat: Between her appetite for musical adventure, her Māori roots, and her political convictions, she's the perfect model of a 21st-century shaman and star” The Georgia Straight - Vancouver
For Evolve Festival TUi MAMAKi will perform her solo set FLY. Haunting, spirited vocals ride hypnotic odd-meter grooves. A meeting of delicacy and power - original compositions on vocal and guitar, inspired by her love affair with Bulgaria. Spliced with traditional song, these are stories of love, harvest, death and transcendence. She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has traveled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire. Her flair for languages has spurred the development of a polyglot sonic pallet – each language bringing out a different part of the vocal instrument – and has influenced her original compositions both as a singer-songwriter and polyphonic ensemble leader. She tours in a variety of configurations including solo performance, a capella ensembles, live band collaborations and interdisciplinary shows with visuals, movement and circus. TUi MAMAKi also sustains a passion for voice coaching and facilitates voice and polyphony workshops in various communities and festivals around globe. “Powerful, microtonal vocals…” (The Listener – Nick Bollinger) “An extraordinarily beguiling voice…” (Sunday Star Times NZ ) “Gorgeous voice, weaves effortlessly…. sense of chanteuse sophistication.” (Graham Reid – NZ Herald)
Los Phoenix is a 22 yr old poet and wordsmith from Taupo, New Zealand. Hip hop or rapper is not strong enough words to describe his work. His lyricism and meter draw on his years of personal development and growth immersed in a yogic lifestyle at a retreat high in the mountains. From the age of 8 Los Phoenix has been developing a style of vocal delivery and penmanship which focus on overcoming negativity and promoting deep loving connections to the world around him. More than just superficial hippy whispers his work is a sincere reflection of self and the journey of life. Since February 2016 he has been earnestly committed to completing his first album, co – creating with UK composer and producer Matt Coldrick whom he met at the yoga retreat. His musical journey has been a synchronistic flow of exploration, expression and discovery. He has been performing continuous live shows and promoting himself online throughout 2015 - present. When I think of the Future of Music I think of Phoenix Baynham known to the world as Los Phoenix He will be touring and performing in NZ on his first ever tour, titled: Light The Road Tour 2018. which kicks of January <3
Lis is a conscious singer song writer, kirtanist, self-love & singing workshop facilitator. Lis's live performance of heart opening musical medicine blends conscious lyrics and intention delivering a sound that lifts you gently into the clouds. Lis drops into her heart space on stage, producing a raw, authentic & emotion soaked performance. Caitlin is an international Music performer of world music and mantras. Inspired by love and nature, and her gift taming wild horses, she creates music, inspires others and changes beliefs. “Positivity and liberation by sound vibrations is easy, relaxing and powerful,” she says, “Nada Yoga reaches deep into our being, and dissolves all blocks and inhibitions of the mind. The key to attract abundance and create our dreams, is meditation on these inner sounds. Mantras change our thought patterns. A simple practice with sacred mantras rejuvenates our mind, body, and spirit. Creating our Reality by positive Empowerment enables us to Be aligned with success, set powerful intentions, for health and well-being, and creativity. I love life! I live a sustainable lifestyle and inspire people worldwide. My workshops uplift those who wish to change their thoughts, and reshape their lives for a positive future.”
"Music is our soul food and passion that we share with the world. Our music is hard to define by genre. It was once called World Acoustic Faery Soul. We call it Medicine. Jo: Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Flute, Mbira A Bard from the woods of Wales. Jo's voice is honest, clear, and true. His Guitar playing is delicate, intricate, rich, and instinctual. Amira: Percussionist (Udu, Darbuka, Tabla, Djembe), Harp, Vocalist, Songwriter Amira's Percussion is also delicate, sensitive, and Earthy. Her voice is rich and other worldly. Amira's Harp playing is ethereal and dreamy. Jo and Amira's lyrics are soulful, deep, and transformational. MudWood music is Soul food. "As an earthy heart beats, guitar trees rooted in rhythm branch in to leaves and flowers. Songs forged in the fires of creativity are born into sound and upon the wind spread their gracious wings. Melodies and harmonies dance graciously and playfully, air wobbles, passionate words, stories of our time, of all time, of no time combine and flow like water towards the listening sea. MudWood music is elemental." MudWood is a wonderful duo of diversity, world sounds, original songs, and creative music. A wonder-filled creative team that share in the joys of co-creation with collaborative projects. Joined by wonderful musician Carlos Riegel on Percussion. For more about MudWood, go to www.mudwood.nz
Monty Bevins is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter. His audience know him as a gifted, soulful performer whose songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories. Perpetually touring, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout Aotearoa, where he plays everywhere from packed halls in the far south to festival stages and bars in the big city. There’s a reason why people keep coming back again and again to see Bevins perform; he’s an authentic musician with some bloody good songs. "I was pleasantly surprised with his obviously honed and crafted live performance, as he effortlessly intertwined elements of folk, roots and soul together.” Poppy Tohill, 13th floor. "Monty is the real deal; a genuine and gifted muso with songs you want to hear again and again" James Kenyon, Australia
River Roots are a vibrant mixture of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe. Conscious, mind opening music delivered from the heart. Fusion of their soulful harmonies and positive energy illuminates the stage. They share their musical journey together while bringing people together. The music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and connecting with nature, with a positive uplifting message.
Inspired by legends like George Harrison, Prosad seeks to create a spiritual vibration in the mainstream music of his generation by blending Indian instruments with the western influences of rock, reggae, folk and blues. On stage, Prosad is far outnumbered by his musical instruments but he brings them all together with looping: recording guitar, bass, sitar, flute, didgeridoo and more while soloing and singing over his spontaneous creations. He has performed in New Zealand, Australia, India, Holland, Paris, Portugal, Italy, Hawaii and many other countries. A career highlight was performing in a stadium of 50,000 people at the Dhaka International Folk Festival in Bangladesh. The next day in the hotel, people were humming his melodies. During his travels, Prosad has collaborated with great artists like Grammy Award winner Chris Berry, Australian legend Xavier Rudd (on his album Spirit Bird) and many others. He's been called "the Jimi Hendrix of electric sitar" and the "Jason Mraz of reggae". In his latest album, Prosad concentrates on combining all of his eclectic musical passions - mixing electric sitar with reggae and world music, creating a unique style that stretches the boundaries of musical genre. Artists like the Beatles, Bob Marley and Trevor Hall have each influenced his song writing. All of these musicians have successfully shared a spiritual message through their music and reached the mainstream. Prosad is here to do the same. With the addition of fifteen years of sitar study and inspired by the twenty plus years he spent studying with his spiritual teacher from the Himalayas, Prosad has a unique style of music and wisdom to share. “We create our own reality and we can manifest our dream-world together as one human family". Contagious and uplifting: That’s Prosad’s vibe.
The soul stirring messages in Matiu's music are positive, inspiring and unifying. Matiu's soulful roots music has a strong Maori flavor, using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments, backed by grabbing grooves, deep, beautifully crafted bass lines, funky rhythms and magical melodies that stay with you well after the show ends, all held up by a pillar of Pacific passion. Maori musician Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki is known for his amazing vocal skills and energy, his ability to powerfully connect with and lift a crowd with his mesmerising stage presence while fronting great bands or with his solid solo looping show.
My baby is a Dutch/New Zealand trio based in Amsterdam that play a brand of roots driven hypnotic dance. It’s a sound inspired by old blues and folk music, but played with the rawness of sixties and seventies soul and funk and an edgy trance like infusion of west african desert blues, moroccan gnawa, indian ragas and dance music of all forms . After a Uk tour with Seasick Steve in 2015, who has appraised their unique approach, and a release of their second album "Shamanaid' to much acclaim, My Baby has been spreading their mesmerizing live act to the approval of audiences worldwide featuring on renowned festivals such as Glastonbury, Sziget and Isle of Wight amongst many others. After the release of their third album, "Prehistoric Rhythm" in 2017 they are set to tour throughout Europe and beyond with their high energy, afrobeat infused dance rave.
Rabbit Hōle is the musical collaboration between NZ/Aus muti-instrumentalist and vocalist Sahn Bishop and UK drummer Bruce McGregor.. iIf you like your musical dancing goodness slightly dubby, with a soulful funk-esque twist, carefully drizzled over a bed of captivating melodies and filthy electronic dance beats .. then come on down for a dance floor adventure with us.
Inki grew up in Susquehanna and as a child, like many he began learning songs with a traditional instrument. For ten years he obtained a musical grounding playing standards trumpet with swing bands, marches, and jazz arrangements; however this conventional approach to music, did not satisfy his creative callings and by 2001 he dispassionately had stopped playing. Life changing experiences then led Inki to explore Native American culture and ritual, which he began to integrate into many facets of his life. Through this new understanding and awareness of the interconnectedness of all things, his love for music was rekindled through the discovery of the Hang in 2009. It spoke to him of new possibilities, meanings for the process of making music and as it is within Native American culture, what music ritual can offer on more deeper and integrative levels. With his instrument’s special interplay of harmonics so began the magical beginnings of his song. During travel to Thailand and India in the summer of 2012/13 the melody of the hang really began to take a more integral part in Inki’s life and his perspectives of the world he finds himself in. He began to realise, while playing in the streets of India, that with music he could connect people in this tumultuous world into a realm of healing which is deeply sacred and utterly transformational. Full of inspiration from Mama India, Inki began to integrate his new growth and experiences with performance and collaborations with local artists, including the very successful Dunedin fire and dance group, the Firebugs. Later in 2013 and early 2014 he was invited to perform on stage with renowned New Zealand music artists and social activists including Matiu Te Huki and Karen Hunter. Later he was also invited to collaborate on tour with a popular British reggae/roots artist Bob Hillary. In the subsequent years the hang has been accompanied by Native American flutes which but speak humbly of his own lineage, with the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Their song is rooted in his work with elders and medicine men of both continents. In addition, the evolution of his own blend of others music within "world-folk-beat" dj-sets have become a channel for listeners to connect to their own cultural roots. Inki is currently on the road working on his debut album and preparing for collaborations and performances at local and national festivals in the coming year. His goal is to continue to hold spaces which allows others to connect to the divine within, creating an environment of peace and understanding which foster deeper levels of transformation.
He is considered adept in his field and teaches worldwide. Having committed his entire life to mastering the drum and percussion he achieved number one status in the U.K. charts with the song 'Brimful of Asha' with the band Cornershop. He is currently travelling New Zealand and would love to share his knowledge and skills in the country he loves. Description of the performance: Shamanism had been practiced fir thousands of years. The drum is the primary instrument used by shamans internationally. This tool refined and supports the shaman to enter an altered state of consciousness where healing is received and delivered. Pete Bengry offers a unique opportunity to experience the shamanic journey as a sound healing. With years of experience and expertise he will guide you into a deep state of relaxation where you receive healing and then guide you back with that healing
New Zealand new-folk luminary Amiria Grenell recently released her third album through her own label Quiet Bird Records. The stunning album ‘Autumn’ departs from her second album, the Tui Award winning ‘Three Feathers’. Hailing from a large musical family (her father is country legend, John Grenell), she has spent the past 12 years performing extensively around the country, a regular at arts festivals, and as a member of the Fly My Pretties cast. As well as organizing her own tours, she also performs in folk duo The Swan Sisters and as childrens entertainer Mea the musical pixie. Recently, she relocated back to a valley in Canterbury, closer to family & friends.
A mixture of upbeat and laid back numbers. Soul-searching but redemptive, with a touch of humour. Or: Two-piece with acoustic guitar/vocals and drum-kit/vocals. More of an emphasis on the upbeat songs, blues, folk rock, elements of reggae and post-punk. Punchy and dance-able.
Karen loops her voice, guitar and mandolin to create heart charged soundscapes blending her many influences in an entertaining and original fashion. Karen Hunter’s journey into songwriting traverses over 35 years and many styles and characters have emerged throughout her adventure. Hunter skywalks through uncharted territory, guided by her personal map of the cosmos, creating space to travel with her audience.
I play sitar ,tabla,and sarasvati veena, three of the most popular instruments of India. Most of my study and playing is focused on sitar,the prominent instrument in my performances. Photo