What started out as an experiment in creating electronic music, has evolved into an exploration and celebration of Matariki.
The Helium Project brings together 10 talented musicians producing synthesizer and string laden emotive, ambient soundscapes. Special guest Ash Patea, an experienced educator of tikanga and Te Reo Māori, will weave the story of Matariki through the show with the band performing nine tracks, one related to each star.
Project creator Nick Edgar describes the show: “Our aim is to create a sonic landscape that transports the audience into the stories behind the star cluster and truly celebrate Matariki”.
The line-up: Nick Edgar on synthesiser, guitar, flute or vocals; Cam Maclean on keys or trumpet; George Edgar on guitar, bass, synthesiser or vocals; Apera Woodfine on guitar, bass, synthesiser, drums or vocals; Ollie O’Loughlin on drums or saxophone; Helen Crook on lead violin; Michael Hunter on second violin; Judith Gust on viola; Tilly Harvey on cello.
Special guest Ash Patea on vocals.