Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns
HIRINI MELBOURNE is from Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu. A writer of stories, a composer, singer and respected academic, Hirini is a significant figure in the revival of the Maori language, with dozens of his now classic folk songs sung in classrooms throughout Aotearoa.
Born into brass bands, RICHARD NUNNS sought refuge in jazz and improvised music. An interest in indigenous music came to focus on traditional Maori instruments, and a collection of over seventy of these instruments representing thirty-four distinct types. He has collaborated with pop, classical, and jazz musicians, including pianist MARILYN CRISPELL, saxophonist EVAN PARKER, MIKE NOCK, and THE NZ STRING QUARTET.
Their 1994 release Te Ku Te Whe is considered the defining album of Maori instruments and has subsequently been awarded a gold disc for sales in NZ.
In 2006 the album was remixed and released under the title, Te Whaiao:Te Ku Te Whe Remixed and featured some of New Zealand's most prominent electronic musicians.
The pair where joined by Aroha Yates-Smith on the double CD/DVD Te Hekenga-�-rangi in 2003. This album was recorded just before Hirini�s tragic death.
Ambient, Tangatawhenua, World/Folk