I mentioned the Rhombus music video. Well, I gave in and bought their CD: Bass Player. It has something of a sci-fi theme, which is enjoyable, but I must say that after several initial exciting and somewhat experimental tracks the rest of the album rather falls flat. Definitely “Onward” the track which caught my attention is excellent, but I’d be hard pressed to recall even whether I’ve heard the second half of the album (although I know I have).
On the other hand Elena (there are samples online), also a local musician, has made a huge impression on me. I initially heard the CD at a friend’s place and went out and bought it. [Two CDs at once after a drought of many many months!] Elena is a classical violinist who manages to create an exciting blend of Western music with Maori elements.
I particularly like He Tango mō Elena, a tango written by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr with a Haka by Charles Royal. The track from Once Were Warriors also grabs me, with its very unusual, almost oriental sound. Maybe that’s the electric violin?
A few years ago I found a music video created by a Xena fan which set clips from Xena to a piece of music called Tarakihi. That video seems to be available as a Real Media file. I really enjoyed that music video, at least in part because of the music. Now I find Elena has the song on her CD in an orchestra arrangement by Carl Doy. I still love it.