Wahine Toa Tour 2010

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We hope you can join us in our musical ventures across NZ this May and June. Ariana Tikao and Hannah Howes will be touring together for the first time after years of collaborations, a recent recording (Hannah Howes’ Candy album 2009) and performances nationwide….

Wahine Toatour

Hannah Howes
Ariana Tikao
(with Ben Lemi Wood and Nanako Sato)

Two exceptional singer songwriters will be gracing the stages of New Zealand to celebrate NZ Music Month, and Matariki in May and June, 2010.

TheWahine Toatour will consist of a set ofHannah Howes andAriana Tikaos songs, and they will accompany each other for part of each set. On tour with them will be the hugely talentedBen Lemi WoodofHikoikoifame, on percussion/drums/keys/backing vocals, and the virtuosic talents ofNanako Satoon keyboard/backing vocals. Nanako will also play a support slot for each show, of her original songs.

Wellington based Hannah Howes has gained recognition for her dreamy soulful voice, adapted reggae style and philosophical lyrics in a deliciously dub-rounded setting. Miss Howes’ ten-yearapprenticeship in song-writing has set her on a course of broad spectrum collaborations (also under the moniker of Sing-J, Sista Mischief), several NZ tours, one Japan tour and resulted in three independently released albums. Noted for her unmistakeable voice, profound lyrics and equally awe-inspiring accompanists, Hannah’s repertoire is heightening with the NZ release of her masterful album CANDY.

Award-winning Christchurch based songwriter Ariana Tikao has been mesmerising audiences all over the country for years at a mix of festivals, intimate shows, and events such as the WOW show in Wellingtons TSB Arena. Her music is inspired by the writings and deeds of her Kai Tahu ancestors, but brought well and truly into the present, with haunting melodies and accompaniment of both contemporary and traditional instruments. She has released two solo albums,WhaeaandTuia. One reviewer said of Tuia:A magical and at times mystical trip… like being bundled up in a big feather cloak and transported to another world.This is also what audiences experience when they come to see Ariana perform in concert.

Nanako Sato is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and songwriter, originally from Japan, but now based in Christchurch. She has been one of Arianas principal accompanists now since 2007, and will do a set of her original songs on this tour to celebrate the release of her albumThe Miracle Tree.

TOUR DATES

Fri May 21st: Christchurch: Cathedral Square-12pm /free / all ages

Fri May 21st:Lyttelton: Harbour Light Theatre- 7.30pm / $15/$10 child / all ages

Sat May 22nd: Dunedin: Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers- 8.30pm / $15 / R18

Sun May 23rd: Oamaru: The Penguin Club- 7pm / $15 / R18

Sat May 29th: Paekakariki: St Peter’s Hall- 7pm / $15/$10 child / all ages

Sun May 30th: Wellington: San Francisco Bathhouse- 7pm / $15 / R18

Fri June 4th: Leigh: Sawmill Cafe- 9pm / $15 / R18

Sat June 5th: Auckland: Corbans Estate Arts Centre- 2pm / $15/$10 child,senior / all ages

Sun June 6th: Raglan: Yot Club- 9pm / $15 / R18

For more info go to our website: www.wahinetoatour.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kia ora koutou

    Nau mai, haere mai, tautoko mai!

    It is the final leg of the Wahine Toa tour this weekend. We are in Leigh on Friday night, Corban Estate (West Auckland) on Saturday afternoon (all ages), and then Raglan on Sunday night.

    It would be great if you can let all your friends and Whanau know. It is quite rare for us to play in Auckland/Waikato so please come and support these gigs if you can. Please pass this on to networks, and pop a poster up for us if you get a chance.

    Na Ariana.

    http://www.wahinetoatour.com

  2. Wahine Toa tour

    Hannah Howes

    Ariana Tikao (with Ben Lemi Wood and Nanako Sato)

    Two exceptional singer songwriters, Ariana Tikao & Hannah Howes are celebrating New Zealand Music month and Matariki by touring the country. The tour is taking place over three consecutive weekends, starting with the South Island then Paekakariki and Wellington. Still to come is Leigh, Auckland and Raglan this coming weekend.

    On tour with Ariana and Hannah is the hugely talented Ben Lemi Wood of Hikoikoi fame, on percussion/drums/keys/backing vocals, and the virtuosic talents of Nanako Sato on keyboard/backing vocals. Nanako will also play a support slot for each show, of her original songs.

    Wellington based Hannah Howes has gained recognition for her dreamy soulful voice, adapted reggae style and philosophical lyrics in a deliciously dub-rounded setting. Miss Howes' ten-year apprenticeship in song-writing has set her on a course of broad spectrum collaborations (also under the moniker of Sing-J, Sista Mischief), several NZ tours, one Japan tour and resulted in three independently released albums. Noted for her unmistakeable voice, profound lyrics and equally awe-inspiring accompanists, Hannah's repertoire is heightening with the NZ release of her masterful album CANDY.

    Award-winning Christchurch based songwriter Ariana Tikao has been mesmerising audiences all over the country for years at a mix of festivals, intimate shows, and events such as the WOW show in Wellington’s TSB Arena. Her music is inspired by the writings and deeds of her Kai Tahu ancestors, but brought well and truly into the present, with haunting melodies and accompaniment of both contemporary and traditional instruments. She has released two solo albums, Whaea and Tuia. One reviewer said of Tuia: “A magical and at times mystical trip… like being bundled up in a big feather cloak and transported to another world”. This is also what audiences experience when they come to see Ariana perform in concert.

    Nanako Sato is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and songwriter, originally from Japan, but now based in Christchurch. She has been one of Ariana’s principal accompanists now since 2007, and will do a set of her original songs on this tour to celebrate the release of her album The Miracle Tree.

    Contacts:

    Ariana Tikao ph 64 274 535 738 horomaka@actrix.co.nz

    Hannah Howes ph 64 274 656 721 hannahhowes@gmail.com

    Tour Dates/Venues:

    Fri May 21st: Christchurch Cathedral – 12.45pm / free / all ages

    Fri May 21st: Lyttelton: Harbour Light Theatre- 7.30pm / $15/$10 child / all ages

    Sat May 22nd: Dunedin: Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers- 8.30pm / $15 / R18

    Sun May 23rd: Oamaru: The Penguin Club- 7pm / $15 / R18

    Sat May 29th: Paekakariki: St Peter's Hall- 7pm / $15/$10 child / all ages

    Sun May 30th: Wellington: San Francisco Bathhouse- 7pm / $15 / R18

    Fri June 4th: Leigh: Sawmill Cafe- 9pm / $15 / R18

    Sat June 5th: Auckland: Corban Estate Arts Centre- 2pm / $15/$10 child,senior / all ages

    Sun June 6th: Raglan: Yot Club- 9pm / $15 / R18

    Websites:
    http://www.myspace.com/arianatikao http://www.myspace.com/hannahhowes
    http://www.wahinetoatour.com

    See review below:

    Review from Harbour Light Theatre show: Unique styles to enjoy

    (The Press, 22 May 2010, Page 17) by Chris Pole.

    Hannah Howes and Ariana Tikao have combined their talents to tour New Zealand together through May and June, taking in many smaller towns. Beginning last night in Christchurch they opted for the cosy confines of Lyttelton, bringing their unique styles to the atmospheric Harbour Light Theatre.

    Both artists fleshed out their songs with keyboards, percussion, and backing vocals, accompanied by multiinstrumentalist Ben Lemi Wood and Nanako Sato, who opened proceedings with four songs of her own. Christchurch’s Ariana Tikao has previously collaborated with tech maestro Leyton and his influence was evident in her performance. She has an undeniably powerful voice and the fusion of Maori language with electro-ambient embellishments hinted at old traditions being updated for a new audience. Many songs referenced her whanau and the cycle of life – most notably the waiata Fire [sic] – and Lemi Wood’s tribal percussion proved a musical highlight of the evening. Tikao also played an Appalachian-style Dulcimer during a quieter interlude.

    If there is a sense of ethereality to Tikao’s song craft, Hannah Howes’s closing set was decidedly more folky, overlaid with a faint dub sensibility. Fresh from a tour of Japan, she has definitely honed her act, with songs like Candy (the title track from her latest album) benefiting from some casually familiar guitar playing. When her voice veered a little lower she reminded me of Cat Power, a little higher and there were shades of Feist, but at all times she remained delightfully Hannah Howes.

    Both Howes and Ariana Tikao retain a fiercely independent spirit, and during New Zealand Music Month it was great to see an appreciative audience support them.

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