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Ariana Tikao
New Zealand
Influences: Oceanian , West European
Genres: maori, folk, electronic
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Arianais a unique performer and composer of heartfelt music in bothTe Reo MāoriandEnglish. She draws on folk and pop styles with a strong emphasis on Māori chant. Although now living in Wellington, her music in inspired and influenced by her Māori ancestry and the dramatic landscape of Te Waipounamu – The South Island of New Zealand.

Ariana was a featured vocalist on John Psathas’s recent international extravaganzaNo Man’s Landalongside World Music luminaries such as Meeta Pandit and Serj Tankian. She also featured as a vocalist and taonga puoro player for theAuckland Philharmonia Orchestrain 2015 for Kenneth Young’sIn Paradisum.Last year she performed in the first concerto for taonga puoro,Ko te tātai whetū, that Ariana co-composed with Philip Brownlee and premiered with theChristchurch Symphony Orchestra.

On February 22nd 2012 she touched the nation with her rendition ofWhakaariaMaifor theChristchurch Earthquake Memorialevent in Hagley Park, televised live and broadcast internationally.

Ariana was a featured artist on theIhimaeraalbum with some of the country’s top recording artists. She also played the song live in theAuckland Arts Festivalfor theIhimaeraShow.

She also completed a nationwide tour in November 2011 with Kāi Tahu musiciansMahina-ina KauiandChristine WhiteasVoices of Our Ancestors,under the umbrella of Arts on Tour NZ.

In 2010 Ariana completed a tour of New Zealand to rave reviews with singer-songwriterHannah Howesfor the“Wahine Toa”tour. That year she performed herOhaki(multi-media) show, featuringRichard Nunns, to standing ovations in Christchurch and Nelson.

In March-April 2008 Ariana wasMusician in Residenceat theCentre for New ZealandStudies, at theUniversity of London, Birkbeck, after being awarded a $10,000 Creative New Zealand grant.

That same year she was a featured soloist in theWOW WearableArts Awards in Wellington, and also performed in the prestigiousPao Pao Paoevent in theWellington Town Hall. At this event, Ariana was presented with an achievement award fromToi Maori.

Since beginning her music career in Christchurch with folk duoPounamuin 1993, to launching her solo career and releasing her debut solo albumWhaeain 2002, Ariana has consistently produced beautiful and moving music that contributes to the growing corpus of contemporary Māori music.