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Gillian Whitehead

[ Rattle Records / CD ]

Ipu is a poetic tale of love based on a story by Tungia Baker (translated into Maori by Wena Tait). Literally, an ipu is a gourd used to carry food and goods. Accordingly, ipu korero denotes a storyteller, someone who 'carries' stories. The ipu is employed on Gillian's album as a musical instrument. From this vessel flows the musical threads of two cultures, Maori and Pakeha.

Tungia Baker (voice)
Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro)
Judy Bailey (piano)
Georg Pedersen (cello)