Bilingual duo Aro, are taking their music on the road this spring to celebrate and share the stories of our waters, in support of their latest project, & EP release ‘He Wai’. The tour intentionally coincides with Māhuru Māori and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori which celebrates the Māori language. Aro are performing across the whenua, throughout September & October, visiting coastal communities, big & small, and other intimate venues near bodies of water as part of their ‘He Wai’ National release tour.
During the spring tour, Aro will also continue on with their established education programme within schools around the country, proudly supported by the NZ Music Commission. ‘He Wai’ is the third major project out of five for Silver Scroll APRA Maioha Award and APRA Best Children’s Award Finalists – Aro. With each project featuring a new music release and utilising the waiata as an education resource & programme within schools. Husband and wife duo, Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Mutunga) and Emily Looker, proudly share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity.
The moving new EP, ‘He Wai’ celebrates 5 waiata inspired and guided by our relationship to te taiao and what we can learn from it about ourselves and each other. ‘He Wai’, is the bands 3rd project, following Manu (2019) and He Manu Anō (2020).
The bands latest EP release features Aro’s signature playful and uplifting sound, using a plethora of instruments and taonga pūoro, including guitars, strings and saxophone. A multi-genre offering of storytelling pop, RnB, electronic and jazz, fusing vocals, tāonga puoro and chants, each song also thematically explores the ideas of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga - looking after ourselves, looking after each other and looking after our environment.
For this show in Picton, the wonderful Jocee Tuck will be opening for Aro. Jocee is a melody writer who likes to play wooden instruments and heavenly bell mallet noise instruments. She enjoys as much barbershop harmonies as possible.
Aro - He Wai’ Release Tour:
Saturday 4th September- Bellamys Gallery - Dunedin
Saturday 11th September - House with no Nails - Wardville / Matamata
Friday 17th September - 4th Wall Theatre - New Plymouth
Thursday 23rd September - Le Cafe - Picton
Friday 24th September - Boathouse - Nelson
Saturday 9th October - D’vine Oasis - Russell
Labour Weekend - Wellington Folk Festival
Saturday 30th October - Music on the Mall - Onehunga