The music of Holiwater is an expression of the life of water in the form of the river. The formation of The Holiwater Project band - a collective of music and visual artists - was to bring together east and west whilst still retaining the essence of the Indian sound. The combined skills of Sarod maestro Vikash Maharaj and electronic musician/composer and producer Tom Bailey has allowed a unique synthesis to evolve in the creation of themes for both the album and the film’s score.Holiwater’s classical Indian raag structures are based on timeless melodies that express the rythmic cycles of nature .
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Initially the recording of Baul songs and Indian classical music was undertaken on an old river boat in Varanasi by the film’s writer / director Andrei Jewell in 2000 on World Water Day which were sessions that were were worked into the first performances.The intention behind the music is the combining of tradition and technology . This process is an example of working together using both means. The project actively promotes innovative solutions where environmental water issues require a combination of traditional wisdom and innovative technologies, so it was natural we worked with this in the creation of the music.Performing the music for water related causes has been about celebration and invitation towards audiences.
Radio NZ Interview
Holiwater Project – Music 101 – 25th February 2012