Awarded GOLD status in 2003, Te Ku Te Whe by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns is one of Rattle’s most important and successful releases, one of the very first albums to feature nga taonga puoro, the traditional instruments of Maori.

Hirini Melbourne was was pivotal in the revival of the Mäori cultural inheritance. Richard Nunns came from a brass, jazz, and improvised music background, where he collaborated with many avant luminaries such as Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. Together they interact brilliantly to produce some of the most unusual but entirely genuine music.

Produced by Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns, and Steve Garden
Recorded by Steve Garden at Progressive Music Studio in 1994, then remixed and mastered at the Garden Shed in 2011
Executive production by Keith Hill
Photography by Maureen Lander
Designed by UnkleFranc using original cover artwork by Ideaology and Tim Gummer Design
Printing by Studio Q

This recording was made possible with generous support from Te Waka Toi & the Lilburn Trust


Released: 14 June 1994
Catalogue: RAT-D004