Collaboration

It has been an enormous privilege to have collaborated with other artists and musicians on projects over the years. Below, you'll find some of the projects in which I've been involved.

Richard Nunns, Glen Colquhoun and Bob
in the production North South

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Collaboration

It has been an enormous privilege to have collaborated with other artists and musicians on projects over the years. Below, you'll find some of the projects in which I've been involved.

Ko te Tātai Whetū

This work for taonga pūoro and orchestra was written by Philip Brownlee and Ariana Tikao and was performed at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Donaldson on 27th July 2019.

Ko te Tātai Whetū
Ko te Tātai Whetū

Matariki

This short soundtrack and video was created to accompany the latest exhibition of Robin and Brian's work which was presented at the Little River Gallery in 2019 to mark Matariki.

Tohu

Tohu was an exhibition created for Little River Gallery featuring paintings by Robin Slow and carvings by Brian Flintoff. I created a sound track and book to support the kaupapa of the exhibition.

Select the soundtrack audio or download the catalogue

Ngā Hau Ngākau

The concept of Ngā Hau Ngākau flowed from Whare Huruhuru.

Robin and Brian are prolific creators of their respective work and generally speaking most of their exhibitions sell-out. It occurred to us that it was a little sad that the works in a carefully curated exhibition, such as Ngā Hau Ngākau become separated and are viewed by only a limited number of people.

Consequently, it was suggested that we create an exhibition that was designed to stay together for the purpose of touring. To date Ngā Hau Ngākau has toured to Timaru, Nelson and Foxton.

The soundtrack to Ngā Hau Ngākau features Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui and a live performance to the video was presented at the Nelson Arts Festival in October 2018 when the exhibition was being shown at the Suter Gallery in Nelson.

Select the video or download the booklet.

Robin, Brian, Ariana, Bob, Holly and Solomon at the performance of Ngā Hau Ngākau
Robin, Brian, Ariana, Bob, Holly and Solomon at the performance of Ngā Hau Ngākau

Whare Huruhuru

Whare Huruhuru was the second exhibition worked by Robin, Brian and myself and was dedicated to Hirini Melbourne and was presented at the gallery at Little River.

Whare Huruhuru was the second exhibition worked by Robin, Brian and myself and was dedicated to Hirini Melbourne and was presented at the gallery at Little River.

We were thrilled to also feature Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui on the recording.

Select the video or download the booklet.

Tuku Iho

Tuku Iho was the first project that saw painter Robin Slow, carver Brian Flintoff and myself collaborate. The concept of a collaboration followed a brief conversation I had with Kirsty Richardson at Red Gallery which I had shortly before heading off on one of my school tours. I was having lunch in Ngāruawahia when I received a call from Robin Slow who was most enthusiastic about putting together a soundscape, then a video, to support the kaupapa of the exhibition.

The work ensued and the exhibition was a great success. Little did I know at that time that this would be the start of several projects and a most enjoyable collaboration with a couple of tuakana rawe!

Select the video or download the booklet.

Film Soundtracks

Over several years a group of us created and recorded soundtracks for several films directed by Kathleen Gallagher.
Featuring Richard Nunns on taonga pūoro, Aroha Yates-Smith singing waiata, joined also by her son Taihuka and finally myself on traditional Irish instruments.

These were some of the most creative and enjoyable moments I spent in the studio and ones which we all treasure. We released two CDs of the music from these films and you can hear them on the Listen page.

Taihuka, Aroha, Richard and Bob in the studio
Taihuka, Aroha, Richard and Bob in the studio

North South

North South is an epic poetry cycle written by Glen Colquhoun, extracts from which were used in the Green Fire Islands production in 2008 for which I happened to provide live sound.

It explores concepts of Māori and Celtic mythology and what would happen if they intertwined.

The concept was developed into a touring show, directed by Sara Brodie and featured Glen reciting the poetry, Richard Nunns playing taonga pūoro and myself on traditional Irish instruments.

Glen, Richard, Sara and Bob rehearsing North South
Glen, Richard, Sara and Bob rehearsing North South

Traditional Irish Music

Collaborations made through playing traditional Irish music are extensive and too numerous to list here.

I would like to particularly acknowledge my partner Evey McAuliffe, daughter Ceara McAuliffe-Bickerton as well as some of my key associates over the years including Barrie McDonald, David Kidron, Brendyn Montgomery, Pat Riddet and Davy Stuart.