About the artists
WHAIA, Maori Sonic Weaver
New Zealand born, Ngati Kahungunu woman Whaia is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, designer, creative cultural producer and facilitator. Raised in the outback desert of Western Australia, her Maori roots, the land and her Aboriginal Grandmother of the Yindjibarndi people have shaped her story from age six.
Walking with an array of Taonga Puoro/Traditional First Nations instruments made of wood, bone, clay and stone, harmonising with crystal singing bowls, Whaia weaves her unique cradle of embedded healing phonics performing throughout festivals, gatherings and retreats across Australia. She has sung with Aboriginal Elders, Hawaiian Queens and Native American Indian song people professionally and in ceremony for the past two decades Whaia brings a living embodiment to her works.
As a mother and whale dreaming water woman, Whaia’s passion is to inspire and educate women through their rights of passage. ‘Kurawaka’ resides in her whakapapa/lineage and on her motherland NZ, building the bridge of wisdom she brings workshops and retreats to Kurawaka Australia here on the Gold Coast, ‘Empowering Women Through Culture & The Arts’.
Celebrating her debut album WHAIA & WATER in 2020 with a depth of ochre in her skin and mana in her bones, she is a true warrior woman with a soft yet powerful delivery, entwining heart, body and spirit.
Dr Corrina Bonshek
Dr Corrina Bonshek (PhD – University of Western Sydney) is an Australian composer whose music has been described as ‘beautifully shaped and contemplative’ (Clare MacClean, 2013) and ‘connecting to the essence of SE Asian music – timelessness’ (Chinary Ung, 2015). Her practice is diverse from concert music to music-art events, to collaborations with traditional instrumentalists from Asia. Corrina was resident composer at the 2015 Experimental Thai Music Laboratory of Burapha University in Thailand, inaugural visiting scholar of 2016 Nirmita Institute for Young Composers in Cambodia and composed music for Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra for 2017 Taipei International Arts Festival. Her reworking of her solo Pipa piece Desert Time for American ensemble All of the Above was a finalist in 2018 Australian Art Music Awards – Instrumental Work of the Year category. Her 90-minute orchestral installation Song to the Earth has been adapted & performed in several festival contexts since its co-commission by Bleach Festival & Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival in 2018.
Aaron Mason is a freelance sound engineer residing on the Gold Coast who is passionate about music and sound in all its forms. His experience includes live mixing for Love in the Circus 2008-20011 (USA, Bali, Australia), recording engineer for American Blues musician Alex Dixon’s The Vintage Room (2008) & The Real McCoy (2020). Mason worked in mixing, ADR, voice-overs and music supervision for documentaries, TV & Film, Radio & commercials at Bell Sound, Hollywood between 2000 and 2012. His production credits include Bafta Award-winning Embarrassing Bodies and 3D feature film Call of the Wind (2009) starring Christopher Lloyd.