Hear songstress Ariana Tikao perform from her new album From Dust to Light – a collection of songs inspired by the devastating earthquakes in her home town, Christchurch.
From Dust To Light is Tikao’s first solo album since Tuia (2008). It presents her crystalline vocals alongside sparse, lush instrumental enhancement. Tikao alternates between English and te reo Māori – in particular, her native Kāi Tahu dialect.
The album was recorded at The Surgery Studio in Wellington, and co-produced by Tikao, Ben Lemi Wood, and Lee Prebble.
Ariana Tikao – vocals, taonga puoro, and Appalachian dulcimer
Ben Lemi Wood – guitar, drums, percussion, backing vocals, bass
Alistair Fraser – taonga puoro
Brooke Singer – Nord keyboard
Charley Davenport – cello
From Dust To Light is released on 16 November 2012. Advance copies are available for purchase.See Ariana Tiako perform at Te Papa’s Matariki Festival Seven Sisters concert (YouTube)