This is something I'm very excited to be part of. On April 11th and 12th at ORA Gallery I will be accompanying Grammy winner Jerome Kavanagh along with Pitch Black's Paddy Free playing some improvised music as part of the Toi Wāhine Collective. Also performing on the April 12th is the Atamira Dance Company.
Read below for the full run-down. If you are in NYC this will be a very special couple of days bringing Aotearoa (New Zealand) to the city.
"For two days on 11-12 April 2016, the Toi Wāhine Collective will transform Ora Gallery New York with a pop-up exhibit and performance events.
Toi Wāhine is a collective of Māori women artists from Aotearoa New Zealand. Their work includes original paperworks, open and limited edition prints, contemporary taonga (design objects), jewelry and a film installation, all made in Aotearoa, on show and available to buy for the first time in New York.
Ta Moko (tattoo) and visual artist Taryn Beri is in New York to represent the collective and as kaitiaki (steward) of a capsule collection of work, representing the incredibly vibrant world of contemporary Māori women’s art in Aotearoa.
Special guest friends of the Toi Wāhine Collective will also be performing in the gallery space on both evenings, starting at 7pm. Amongst others, Grammy award winning Jerome Kavanagh will perform, playing Māori taonga puoro (musical instruments). Jerome, like Toi Wāhine, is part of a broad movement bringing Māori music, art and culture to the world.
The Toi Wāhine pop-up and performances will share the space with the current exhibition at Ora Gallery New York, Anthropocene Vision sparking a dialogue between the whakaaro (concepts) of these photographic visions by Aotearoa New Zealand-born artists and the Toi Wāhine collection."
Toi Wahine Collective pop-up exhibit and performances
51 7th Avenue (between 13th and 14th St)
New York, 10011
11—12 April 2016
11am—9pm. Performances start at 7pm.