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Sounds of the Moana

'Sounds of the Moana' won Gold (the highest category award) at the prestigious 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards (NYFRA). 

What is the indigenous sound of Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa (Oceania)? What has been lost and gained over the course of history, and how can the musical identity of the great Moana be kept alive today? Explore these questions, and more, in this two-part series hosted by Tau’ili’ili Alpha Maiava.

This project was made in partnership with the Pacific Peoples music community, cultural advisors and knowledge holders.

Listen to Sounds of the Moana here.  

The Magpie House

'The Magpie House' podcast series was a finalist in the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards. 

Just off a bustling Wellington city thoroughfare, is a quaint little lane called Ascot Street. Number 22 is a tar black weatherboard modernist house, with stark white framing. Out the back there’s an overgrown jungle of a garden, where NZ’s ‘father of classical music composition’ Douglas Lilburn liked to spend time growing vegetables and listening to the Tūī. Over four episodes host Kirsten Johnstone weaves together the stories that surround the house and its inhabitants into a Forrest-Gump-esque saga of war and music, cold-war espionage and persecution, the search for identity and a place to call home.

Listen to The Magpie House here.

He Reo Tawhito: Conversations about Mōteatea 

Mōteatea is a centuries-old tradition of chanted song-poetry; a great literary and musical art form that expresses the powerful portrayal of storytelling and is reflective of the emotional depths of a Māori world view. Its vast richness is yet to be fully understood.

In these eleven episodes, over three series, hosted by Crystal Edwards, we hold conversations with some of the world’s leading experts on mōteatea and ask them: What does mōteatea mean to you? Traditionally, why were they composed and how have they change? Who are some key composers or mōteatea,and how have they influenced your music?

Listen to He Reo Tawhito here.

The SOUNZ Podcasts

The SOUNZ Podcasts is a collection of podcast episodes that covers a range of topics that relate to the music of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Join our hosts as they explore issues and interests that are pertinent to our music today including classical music, Māori music, jazz, sonic art and the music of the Moana Pacific peoples.

Listen to The SOUNZ Podcasts here.

Moments in Time

A composer’s response to critical moments in time: The moments when time pivots and history changes course. Tau’ili’ili Alpha Maiava & Charlotte Wilson host this series about the music of Aotearoa New Zealand that follows moments in our history that have had an impact on us and changed or altered who we are.

Listen to Moments in Time here.