Presenting, seven sonic vignettes formed from grief, courtesy of percussionist Riki Gooch (Ngai Tāhuhu, Ngāti Māhanga, Patuharakeke) and taonga pūoro practitioner Alistair Fraser (Pākehā) - offering contemplative rhythms and haunting breaths reverberating from their hearts, crossing realms in mourning.
Riki Gooch and Alistair Fraser have come together to create 'Rangatira'; an album dedicated to their mutual friend Eddie Tutaki. The pair met through Tutaki in Dunedin where they were raised, then Fraser and Gooch moved to Wellington where they continued both their friendship and music careers. Gooch going on to play in a wide range of high profile New Zealand ensembles as a percussionist, composer, and now conductor, while Fraser went on to become one of Aotearoa's leading experts and players of ngā taonga pūoro. The initial nationwide rāhui for Covid-19 inspired the two friends and musicians to create an album that could act as a tribute to, and a meditation for their friend Eddie.
Gooch describes the therapeutic side of creating Rangatira: "It's almost like a whakanoa in a way. It was an impulse, and it was quite simple within that. During that (initial) lockdown we just thought "let's do something for Ed" and it felt like because of that intention behind it, it felt like everything we played was coming from trying to capture that visceral feeling around grief. Some of those pieces too try to capture that feeling, that finality of death. The brutal-ness of it all and the way he went. I wanted to keep it raw"
He kōtuku rerenga tahi,
dedicated to Eddie Tutaki.
released September 2, 2020
Drums/percussion/cymbals - Riki Gooch
Taonga puoro - Alistair Fraser
Mixed by Riki Gooch
Mastered by Larsen Taylor
I dont need your sympathy i dont need your help..
Really great album from Mara TK. Can easily listen to it on repeat. Favorites include: Highly Medicated, Grew Up Inna Chaos, Bad Meditation, Colours. Do yourself a favor and buy it now! Louis