While I was Associate Artist at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada) in 2019, I was lucky to cross paths and play music with Maori multi-instrumentalist Te Kahureremoa Taumata and Korean/Australian vocalist Sunny Kim. We connected over a story of the Maori moth goddess Raukatauri, which is also the creation story of the Putorino, one of the beautiful Maori wind instruments that Kahu plays. The story centers around themes of transformation, regeneration and renewal. We then explored interweaving Kahu’s knowledge of Tāonga Pūoro (Maori ‘singing treasures’ including nose flutes, bone flute, poi) Aviva’s unique experimental approach to her instrumental practise (clarinets and winds) and Sunny’s evocative vocals, through spontaneously composed music. We performed breifly as The Cloud Maker at The Banff Centre’s Rolston Recital hall (see video below) and have been trying to figure out a way to get back together ever since!

Fortunately the next time will be on another powerful mountain, at The Ukaria Cultural Centre, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. For this next residency we will be joined by Freya Schack-Arnott (cello) and Maria Moles (drums).