Goldsmith Baynes Release New Jazz Single
Publish Date: Friday, 11 February 2022
Goldsmith Baynes Release New Jazz Single

Allana Goldsmith and Mark Baynes Combine for Project and Album

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Jazz collaborators, Goldsmith Baynes have recently released the up-tempo jazz single “Tō Ihu”. The second single and video off their forthcoming album, was released Friday 11th February on Meow Jazz, and follows their debut single “Tīpuna”, released last year and featured on the Waiata Anthems 2021 compilation.

The exciting new project created by renowned jazz artists, Allana Goldsmith and Mark Baynes, has vocals containing a beautiful mix of Māori and English language. Described as a “wonderful collaboration” between two modern favourites of the jazz world, Goldsmith's soulful jazz vocal combines with British pianist Baynes' contemporary jazz stylings, to produce this truly uplifting and remarkable record.

“Tō Ihu” is a punchy and memorable slice of modern contemporary jazz which features an authentic and colourful use of te reo Māori woven within the lyrics, and is accompanied by a fittingly lively and fun video, directed by Shivani Karan.

Humorously, “Tō Ihu” translates to “butt out”, an idiom to tell someone not to interfere. The track and video acts as a celebration of culture and music all rolled into one, brilliantly performed as well as produced by Goldsmith and Baynes, and backed on the recording by fellow musicians: Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums), Alex Griffith (electric bass), Cameron Allen (saxophones), Jono Tan (trombone) and Mike Booth (trumpet and horn arrangement).

The Goldsmith Baynes project is a celebration between two musical souls. The talented pair have worked together for over ten years and their musical bond comes from freedom, a shared trust, and mutual respect. Goldsmith and Baynes have written a stunning collection of songs together, which will culminate in a debut album to be released early this year.

Goldsmith Baynes have performed at renowned festivals including the Waiheke Jazz Festival and Tauranga International Jazz Festival, and have been programmed for the 2022 Auckland Arts Festival. They also were invited to perform at the recent Aotearoa Music Awards 2021.

“Allana Goldsmith is a rare gem, the kind of artist one hears for the first time and is immediately captivated. In many ways she is reminiscent of the great singers of the past. What is not redolent of past singers, however, is her preparedness to tackle adventurous modern projects.” – the Creative Jazz Club (2013).

As well as an illustrious career in jazz, the Auckland-based Dr Mark Baynes teaches and mentors the next generation of artists at The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ), where he is Programme Leader for Bachelor of Musical Arts (Levels 5-7).


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Mihi/ Credits

Waiata/Song: ‘Tō Ihu’

Artist: 'Goldsmith Baynes', Mark Baynes, Allana Goldsmith

Production: Mark Baynes and Allana Goldsmith

Musicians: Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums), Alex Griffith (electric bass), Cameron Allen (saxophones), Jono Tan (trombone), Mike Booth (trumpet and horn arrangement)

Video Direction, Art Direction, & Post Production: Shivani Karan, LANE25

Porourangi Poutama Art Design: Muriwai Mikaere

Pre-Production/Editing: Mark Baynes

Mixing Engineer: Aaron Nevezie, The Bunker Studio NY.

Mastering: Angus McNaughton, Auralux Mastering Ltd

Mātanga Reo: Donovan Te Ahunui Farnham

Mātanga Iwi: Rhonda Tibble

Pūtea Tautoko: Te Māngai Pāho

Release info: Goldsmith Baynes
Tīpuna single – out now – Meow Jazz/ Waiata Anthems 2021
Tō Ihu single – out 11 Feb 2022
Debut Album Out Early 2022

Aotearoa Music Awards 2021 performance:

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