Nadene Pita is a Ngātiwai musician and performing artist.
Her training as a vocalist and viola player in jazz and classical music is evident in her album, Turning Arrows into Flowers. Via South Pacific harmonies, a Maori chant, and a duet with her young daughter, her voice carries us through chamber pieces, a tango, mutated funk and free electroacoustic improvisations. Reflective of Nadene's mixed heritage as a New Zealander growing up in Queensland, Australia; of her Maori and Irish descent, a splash of Portuguese on her father’s side.
Nadene is collaborating for performance and sound design with leading Indigenous Arts Company, Red Sky Performance to present a world premiere of Sandra Laronde's new multi-disciplinary work, Miigis: Underwater Panther at The Canadian Stage in Toronto, in 2022. She was recently on tour with Red Sky's production, Trace, Anishinaabe sky and star creation stories told through dance and music, in Fall/Winter 2021. She also collaborated on Red Sky's concert, Truth 2 Power, in Toronto.
Ongoing collaborations include recordings and performances with multi-instrumentalist and composer David Ornette Cherry, the son of legendary jazz musician Don Cherry. David Ornette Cherry's Organic Notes Band played the 43rd Annual Watts Towers Jazz Festival and she is featured in his new recording, Organic Nation Listening Club – The Continual released on Spiritmuse Records in October 2021. She also has a creative performance trio with dancer Heidi Pendergast and harpist/vocalist Nailah Hunter, along with her electroacoustic solo project.
An avid music educator, Nadene teaches string orchestras in under-served communities for the non-profit organization Education Through Music - Los Angeles. She was a teaching artist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's signature 'El Sistema' program - YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, where she was the teacher of Anthony Gonzales who stars as Miguel in the 2017 Disney/Pixar movie, Coco. She incorporates mindfulness and her experience as a meditation teacher into her performances and classes.
Nadene holds an MA in Contemporary Cross-Cultural Improvisation.
"Rarely does a new voice of such originality and unusual approach appear."
- The Australian