He Wai EP Review by Kev Rowland
"There is a languorous and relaxed feel in all that they do, so that even when there is a beat it never feels forced or hurried, like a gentle forest stream just babbling along with the dappled sunlight on its surface. There is a huge amount of space within the songs, so that each instrument is clearly defined, and one can wrap oneself in the vocal layers like a gossamer cloud."
INTRODUCING: Husband and wife duo Aro - Music 101 interview
"Aro is husband and wife duo Charles and Emily Looker. They met while both studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, where they discovered they share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity..."
Baby Beat song Review - Kev Rowland
Aro live on 'The AM Show'
Aro live interview and performance at The 13th Floor
Here is Aro with three beautiful songs recorded exclusively at The 13th Floor Studio. Aro is Charles & Emily Looker and along with the three songs they chat with The 13th Floor's Marty Duda
Te Karere - He Manu Anō
Aro returns with new EP entirely in te reo Māori, and share their most exciting announcement to date!
Husband and wife musical duo Aro on love, gigs, and van life.
13th Floor EP Review: Aro – He Manu Ano (Aro) - Rev Orange Peel
"Folk to Soul. Rap to Reggae. Hakas and Jazz. It’s not only children who will be into this."
He Manu Anō EP Review - Isla Norman
"One of my favourite things about He Manu Ano is the way it captures the best parts of so many genres. Driven by storytelling, the EP pulls elements from pop, R&B and jazz. Pukeko is an awesome blend of haka and hip hop"
Concert Review: Aro at Onewhero - Rev Orange Peel
Manu Album Review - Graham Reid
Manu Album Review - Corinne Rutherford
Te Karere - Aro launch their album, ‘Manu’
“These two love birds were brought together by their shared love for romance. They’ve now produced their first album. Charles and Emily Looker of Ngāpuhi met at music school. Te Okiwa McLean reports the album is inspired by NZ’s indigenous birds.”
RNZ - Aro perform ‘Miromiro’
“Emily & Charles Looker are a married couple who spend most of their time living in their van as the band Aro. They're about to release their debut album Manu and perform one of their songs 'Miromiro' in the RNZ Auckland studio.”
RNZ - Aro perform ‘Korimako’
Gig Review, Common Room, Hastings - Rosheen Fitzgerald
Gig Review, Jam Factory, Tauranga - Corinne Rutherford
Aro live on Hakanation
NZ Music Month - interview on Rhema
“Charles and Emily Looker from Aro joined Andrew in studio to talk new music and play a song.”
“The musicianship through out – haunting and interlocking vocals, stick percussion, evocations of taonga puoro, touches of Latin rhythms – is clever and diverse” – Graham Reid | Elsewhere Magazine
“This is currently my go-to album to take a break from the world and let the music wash over me.” – Corinne Rutherford | muzic.net.nz
“Incredible voices…gave us goosebumps! And such awesome chemistry. A pleasure to listen to and watch.” – Sophie Greenly | Concert Goer – Queenstown
“This authentic and talented duo played at Leigh Sawmill Cafe last night and deserved many more encores! Their voices together are magical, with some lyrics in Te Reo Māori and amazing looping skills…seriously worth watching! Kia ora” – Eva Tui | Concert Goer – Leigh
“Love the musical gel linking the wairua in your voices. Kia kaha. Meinga meinga” – Jeanne Kelber Hill | Concert Goer – Paeroa
“This is lively and cheerful yet at the same time inspiring and engaging. I was completely captivated by the stories told through the birds and I very much look forward to seeing Aro perform this album live.” – Corinne Rutherford | Muzic.net album review