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Tutakitaki – Brazil / Aotearoa

Tutakitaki – Brazil / Aotearoa

Tutakitaki (“to meet, to encounter, to contact” in Te Reo Maori) aims to promote the encounter of the cultures of Brazil and Aotearoa.

Developed by Brazilian singer Alda Rezende and Maori musician Matiu Te Huki, both from Wellington, in partnership with acclaimed visiting Brazilian musicians Caíto Marcondes and Kristoff Silva, the project explores the sounds and instruments of Aotearoa and Brazil in compositions made in Te Reo, Brazilian indigenous languages, Portuguese and English.

TUTAKITAKI will be presented in various locations in New Zealand (poster with the whole program below) between the 28th of March and the 5th of April 2015:

28 March: Cuba Dupa Festival, Wellington (time tbc)

29 March: Te Marae, TE PAPA, 2 pm

29 March: Meow (Cuba Dupa after-party), 6 pm

1 April: Kings Street Live, Masterton, 8 pm

2 April: Ponsomby Social Club, Auckland, 9 pm (support from dj Bobby Brazuka)

4 April: The Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, 9 pm (support from dj Bobby Brazuka)

Tutakitaki is presented by Alda Rezende and the Embassy of Brazil with the generous support of Maori Tourism, Air New Zealand, Creativa Design Studio and Te Papa.

Alda Rezende has, for the last 10 years, been a major force in promoting Brazilian and Latin American cultures in Aotearoa. With her unique voice, Alda has released several albums and collaborations, performed alongside many great musicians on the main festivals and events in New Zealand, Australia and Brazil. As a cultural promoter, Alda was the founder of Live Brazil Festival, Latin Club, and many other projects in Wellington. Alda is also a host for Global Pulse, at Radio Active.!/search?q=alda+rezende

Matiu Te Huki is a very talented Maori singer/songwriter. Matiu has a background in traditional Maori performing arts, theatre and fronting great bands with his powerful yet smooth voice. He has performed with Fat Freddies Drop, Tiki Taane, Anika Moa and many more of New Zealand's top artists. Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki is known for his amazing vocal skills and energy, his ability to powerfully connect with, hold and lift a crowd whilst either fronting a band, or as a solo artist. Matiu intuitively nurtures a deep connection with his audience. As a singer songwriter, the soul stirring messages in Matiu's music are positive, inspiring and unifying. His music has a strong Maori flavor using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments. His performing name "The Hook" relates to his ingeniously created melody hooks and crafted bass lines that stick with you long after the song finishes.

Caito Marcondes is one of the greatest percussionists of Brazil, a composer and arranger for ballet, film (where he won several awards) and documentaries. He played and toured with many of the best musicians in Brazil, including Hermeto Pascoal, Naná Vasconcelos, and Aírto Moreira. Caíto performs and has released many albums in Brazil, USA and Europe. A live recording of his last concert at the Lincoln Centre was released this year in dvd. At the moment he is composing the score for another feature film and has just recorded the new album by Marlui Miranda (one the most respected researchers into Brazilian indigenous music). Caito did the orchestral arrangements for her Missa Indigena IHU – KEWERE with Marlui, Orchestra Jazz Sinfônica and choir.

Kristoff Silva is regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Kristoff is a refined composer, acoustic guitar player, professor of music theory, owner of a clear tuneful voice and an author of scores for dance and theatre, and charts that were praised as one of the most well written Brazilian charts to this day. Kristoff was a coordinator of the workshops of the legendary UAKTI group. His work is focused in the relationship of sounds and words – the similarity of sounds between Maori and Tupi words drew him to this project. Kristoff has been included in important compilations of the most significant music made lately in Brazil, has had his compositions played by the Osesp string quartet. His solo albums are: "A Outra Cidade", “De pé no porto” and “Deriva”.!/album/Deriva/8997840

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