November 25, 2022
Te reo drive jazz improv for Goldsmith
Jazz singer Allana Goldsmith has set her band the challenge of creating music for te reo Māori lyrics.
The Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tai kaiwaiata says for E Rere Ra, her third Goldsmith-Baynes album with pianist and long time collaborator Mark Baynes, she adopted a kaupapa Maori methodology for composing the title track.
“The band wasn’t given any music. We came in with the kupu and in a live setting we kind of created the music then and there with the rest of the band,” she says.
E Rere Ra also features drummer Stephen Thomas, Wil Goodinson on double bass and Riki Bennett on taonga puoro.