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Ka taka te mōtoi

for voice, taonga puoro and ensemble

  ·  Duration:  4m 20s

Duration:  4m 20s

Ariana Tikao

Composer:   Ariana Tikao

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Ka taka te mōtoi for ensemble, voice and taonga puoro was composed by Ariana Tikao in memory of Kevin Jarrett, a brass band leader and much loved mentor. The lament includes these lines:

Taka, ka taka, ka taka te mōtoi
My feather plume is falling

Tākina ki te whetū
I reach to the stars

Tākina ki te marama
I reach for the moon

Tākina ki te ata o taku raukura
I reach for my precious one

Ka riro e!
But you have been taken from me

The work's instrumental lines were arranged by Stroma Artistic Co-Director Michael Norris for string quintet, harp and taonga puoro.