TUi MAMAKi is a vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand and often found in Bulgaria.
She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has travelled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire. Her flair for languages has spurred the development of a polyglot sonic pallet – each language bringing out a different part of the vocal instrument – and has influenced her original compositions both as a singer-songwriter and polyphonic ensemble leader.
She tours in a variety of configurations including solo performance, acapella ensembles, live band collaborations and interdisciplinary shows with visuals, movement and circus. TUi MAMAKi also sustains a passion for voice coaching and facilitates voice and polyphony workshops in various communities and festivals around globe.
“Powerful, microtonal vocals…” (The Listener – Nick Bollinger)
“An extraordinarily beguiling voice…” (Sunday Star Times NZ )
“Gorgeous voice, weaves effortlessly…. sense of chanteuse sophistication.” (Graham Reid – NZ Herald)
2015 – Bulgarian Folklore Vocal Specialization – AMTII, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2013 – Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) – University of Auckland, New Zealand
2004 – Khyal Garana (Classical Vocal) study with Dr. Sarayu R Sonni – Varanasi, India
2003 – D.E.M Chant Traditionnel (Traditional Basque Vocal) – C.N.R Bayonne, France
2001 – Diploma of Theatre & Voice (Bert Van Dijk) – U.C.O.L Palmerston North, NZ
FESTIVAL APPEARANCES INCLUDE:
KAMWA Festival (Russia), Luminate Festival (NZ), Balkanik Festival (ROMANIA), Linz International Street Art Festival (AUSTRIA), Veroli Street Art Festival (ITALY), Auckland Arts Festival (NZ), Adelaide Fringe Festival (AUSTRALIA), Festival Musiques d’Ici et d’Ailleurs Chalons en Champagne (FRANCE), Imst Arts Festival (AUSTRIA), Breminales Festival (GERMANY), Fusion Festival (GERMANY), Aarde Festival Amsterdam (HOLLAND), Sunfest London Ontario (CANADA), Alianait Arts Festival Nunavut (CANADA), Franco-Fete Toronto (CANADA), Gwanju World Music Festival (KOREA), World of Wearable Arts (NZ), WOMAD NZ (NZ)