Natalia Mann is known for her creative and contemporary style of harp playing. She works internationally as performer, composer, collaborator and recording artist in a diversity of genres.
Friday 14, March 2014
A wonderful week making music with Tyssia Gatuhau, beautiful songwriter of New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna . The week included performances, recordings for upcoming albums of Tyssia and Kalaga'la and a photo shoot with renowned photographer Jules Hmaloko, who took the photo you see here. We also gave a concert for children in hospital, remembering Tyssia's daughter. Special thank you to artist/producer Ela To'omaga, Patrice Kaikilekofe and the lovely crew of Association-de-Siapo.
Saturday 15, February 2014
'Upeti Jewels' launches a new collaboration between Ela To'omaga and Natalia Mann. In the exhibition entitled "Fa'amanaia / To Adorn" the two artists make a first step in exploration of the space of beauty and connection. To'omaga, a jeweller, weaver and sculptor, combines traditional Polynesian weaving technique - upeti - and form - mask - with contemporary material - copper - and expression. Mann's component, a short piece using harp and porotiti, explores the idea of sonic ornament in response to To'omaga's creation. Exhibited at the Artspace, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, NZ. Photo courtesy of Linda T.
Sunday 15, December 2013
Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann and David Long began working towards a new album this month at Bob Bickertons studio in Nelson, NZ. Starting from a base of free improvisation, we are finding plenty of textures that you wouldn't expect from harp, banjo and taonga puoro. Looking forward to a release on the Rattle label later this year, and the project is generously supported by Creative New Zealand.
Saturday 30, November 2013
'From Marseille to the Moon' with the baroque-rock experimental art music pioneers of Marseille - Leda Atomica Musique. 'De Marseille a La Lune' featured artists from Albania, New Zealand, Corsica and France. Musical director Phil Spectrum, famous for his punk sensibilities, conceived a Marseillaise 'revue', a French term which describes a performance comprising a mixture of things, this time designed for everyone. Spiced improvisations and baroque themes in this modern cross-genre orchestration flavoured a backdrop of early experimental films including George Melies, Fritz Lang, Emile Cohl, and the Lumiere Brothers who made their first experiments just near Marseille circa 1892. Actor Jean-Claude Martin played the Pierrot inspired poetic captain of a ship sailing to the moon...
Thursday 14, November 2013
I am grateful to be presented with the Iosefa Enari Memorial Award in recognition of achievement and supporting development of my art form. The Iosefa Enari Memorial Award is given annually by Creative NZ to support the career development of individual Pacific musician. Iosefa Enari was an elder to us young artists, a baritone opera singer, a friend and mentor who I loved working with. I'm honoured to recieve this award from Creative NZ Pasifika Arts Board, and especially so because it remembers Iosefa.