“‘The Last Song of the Kokako’ is inspired by the story of Waikino’s own Kokako, which used to reside in the Coromandel before it became extinct in this area, no longer to be seen or heard in this area again.
“The Last Song of the Kokako” came out of the Water Journey workshops, begun in 2008-2009, with Koro Mike O’Donnell at Waikino School, when this local NZ Potter, artist, poet and musician worked within the school as artist in residence.“
Colin Brodie – Waikino School Principal.
Over the winter of 2014 I worked with Al Sorley (Sundaise Festival, Sunsonics), and the enigmatic Colin Brodie, to produce an album of original music that represented the creative development of the school at the time. My part of the project began with recording sounds during the last two days of a workshop held at the school in 2014 by internationally renowned Maori performance artist Jerome Kavanagh.
The instruments and sounds created by the children at this time were recorded, this included ambience of the children in the classrooms, performing Haka outside, close recordings of the instruments begin played, and anything interesting that happened during the two days.
Over the proceeding weeks, I worked with Al Sorley to piece together a collection of original compositions using the sounds recorded.
read more about the project here: