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Kōea o Tāwhirimātea: Weather Choir involves a collective of eight climate-challenged locations around Te Moana Nui a Kiwa: Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Rarotonga and Whakatane, Haumoana, Taranaki and Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa. Local weather conditions are traced in each site via audio/video reports and recordings of an aeolian harp, an instrument played by the wind that functions as a quasi-art/weather-monitoring instrument. The Collective will create two linked voice streams for local and global online dissemination using mobile phone tools and the aeolian harps. Kitset harps were posted to the eight locations to be combined with local materials and installed on each coastline.

The first vocal stream comes from Ngā tangata, the people, providing regular in-situ reportage through video, audio, images and text of how variable weather and climate change impacts their local community and environment. The second stream is the collective voices of the wind harps, one per location, monitored and recorded for Kōea o Tāwhirimātea/Weather Choir, an aeolian chorus.

The aeolian weather instrument array is considered as a metaphorical ‘body’, harmonically responding to the variabilities of wind and weather, consonant when calm, dissonant when wild. The Weather Choir operates as a continuous conceptual chorus and as a collective data-mix for website and later gallery performances.

About Breath of Weather Collective

This project is a collaborative group called the Breath of Weather Collective. Regional locations and participant-contacts are:

– Cook Islands: Te Ipukarea Society; Kelvin Passfield, Paris Tutty, Pouri Tanner, Sam Thomas, Terena Koteka-Wiki, Matt Blacka
– Kingdom of Tonga: Uili Lousi
– Island of Niue: Mark and Ahi Cross
– Samoa: Maina Vai
– Whakatane, Aotearoa: James McCarthy
– Haumoana, Aotearoa: Dianne Reefman, Ricks Terstappen
– Taranaki, Aotearoa: Pasha Clothier
– Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa: Phil Dadson

Special thanks to John Cousins for sharing aeolian insights.


→ STIRworld – Visceral Sounds: three sound art projects attune to our shifting landscapes by Niyati Dave
→ Garland Magazine – Voicing the winds: Kōea O Tāwhirimātea – Weather Choir by Phil Dadson