Chance to play Maori instruments
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.