Chance to play Maori in­stru­ments

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Au­di­ences will get a treat next month when a tra­di­tional Maori mu­sic ex­pert hosts a rare work­shop.

Mas­ter mu­si­cian Richard Nunns is hold­ing a two-day work­shop ex­plor­ing taonga puoro – tra­di­tional Maori in­stru­ments – at Unitec’s Te Noho Ko­tahi­tanga Marae.

Dr Nunns is re­garded as the world’s fore­most au­thor­ity on taonga puoro.

He and fel­low mu­si­cian the late Hirini Mel­bourne were in­ducted into the New Zealand Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2009 and awarded joint re­cip­i­ents of the Life­time Con­tri­bu­tion to Maori Mu­sic Award in 2012.

Athina Tsoulis from Unitec says the school is thrilled to be host­ing the work­shop.

‘‘Un­be­liev­ably Dr Nunns has never held an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop of this type be­fore in Auck­land,’’ she says.

Dr Nunns will be joined by James Web­ster, a maker and player of taonga puoro.

‘‘It’s ab­so­lutely a unique op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and Maori mu­sic en­thu­si­asts to come along and be en­riched by the wis­dom, ex­per­tise and hand­son guid­ance shared by th­ese two re­mark­able mas­ters of taonga puoro,’’ Ms Tsoulis says.

The work­shop Novem­ber 4 and 5.

Par­tic­i­pants will make and play a range of Maori

runs in­stru­ments used to mimic bird-cry and the sounds of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial be­cause only 30 places are avail­able.

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