Artistic Director: Tim Cole, Australia
Producer, Project Manager: BaoBao Chen, Taiwan
sape’, vocals: Alena Murang, Malaysia
Kundu, Garamut, Pate drums: Ben Hakalitz, Papua New Guinea
Ukulele, vocals: Yoyo Tuki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Panpipe, Shakers, vocals: Charles Maimarosia, Solomon Islands
Son et Lumiere artist: Tim Cole, Australia
Qoqaw, Pgagu, vocals: Piteyo Ukah, Taroko, Taiwan
Alena Murang, Sarawak, Malaysia: sape’, vocals
Alena is singer-songwriter, sape’ player, entrepreneur and part Kelabit. Learning from Kelabit elders, She has performed and shared these dying art forms in USA, Korea, Europe and Malaysia. We recorded with Alena on her homeland on upper reaches of the Rainforest in Feb’ 2017.
Ben Hakalitz, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea: Kundu, Garamut, Pate
Ben is a highly respected veteran of the Melanesian music scene, member of the Tribe of Jubal, Melanfunk, and the drummer of Yothu Yindi. We recorded with Ben on his homeland village and filmed deep in the mangroves in Bougainville in Sep’ 2016.
Yoyo Tuki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Ukulele, vocals
Yoyo Tuki is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has released three solo album and featured at AWME the Australasia World Music Expo, Tapati Rapa Nui and Toata Tahiti. We recorded with Yoyo & family’s home, surrounded by standing stones, in Tyagarah in Apr’ 2016.
Piteyo Ukah, Taroko, Taiwan: Qoqaw, Pgagu, vocals
Piteyo is a singer-songwriter and cultural authority. He and his partner have dedicated their 20 years running the Ketusan Studio, producing music and theater performances. We recorded with Piteyo on his homeland up in the gorge in Jun’ 2016.
Charles Maimarosia, Malaita, Solomon Islands: Panpipe, Shakers, vocals
Charles is the former lead singer songwriter from the Narasirato Pan Pipes Band, toured to Glastonbury UK, Fuji Rock Japan, Austronesian Music Festival Taiwan, BlueFest Australia and countless more. We recorded with Charles in the rainforest near Melbourne in Mar’ 2016.
Tim Cole, Australia: Artistic Director, Son et Lumiere artist
BaoBao Chen陳玟臻, Taiwan: Producer, Project Manager
BaoBao is a producer, social media publicist (with 150k Facebook followers), writer, young entrepreneur and public speaker from Taiwan with a Business Administration degree and fluent in Mandarin and English. She has given TEDx Talk and worked in XueXue Institute in Taipei, 798 Art Zone in Beijing and numerous arts festivals across Australia.
Solomon Islands Embassy| Create NSW Australia| Joe Sidek Production | Hamish Skermer Family
The event will include presentation and performance followed by a Q&A session.
■ Presentation: In English
■ Performance: In Austronesian, the indigenous languages across the Indian and Pacific oceans.
■ Q&A: In English and Mandarin.