Nunns to make mem­o­rable trip to Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Dr Richard Nunns has been de­scribed as one of New Zealand’s most re­mark­able mu­si­cians and he will be re­turn­ing to his home­town of Mata­mata on Mon­day, May 13.

A Pakeha who was born and raised in Mata­mata and now re­sides in Nel­son, Richard has be­come the liv­ing au­thor­ity on Taonga Puoro (Maori tra­di­tional in­stru­ments).

Richard has de­vel­oped an amaz­ing in­ter­na­tional pro­file, both with the di­ver­sity of his recorded work, and by per­form­ing with a wide va­ri­ety of peo­ple in many dif­fer­ing set­tings and cir­cum­stances.

He works across a wide range of mu­si­cal gen­res and is con­tin­u­ally in de­mand for record­ing.

He is fea­tured on a vast num­ber of CDs.

Richard was awarded an hon­orary doc­tor­ate of mu­sic from Vic­to­ria Univer­sity (2008); the QSM for ser­vices to Taonga Puoro (2009); an Arts Lau­re­ate (2009), was in­ducted into the New Zealand Mu­sic Hall of Fame with Hirini Melbourne (2009), re­ceived a Ci­ta­tion by the Lil­burn Trust, for out­stand­ing ser­vices to mu­sic ( 2007), a Ci­ta­tion for Ser­vices to New Zealand Mu­sic by the Com­posers As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand ( 2001) and Te Wha­iao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed won Best Maori al­bum (2008).

His most re­cent award was from the National Wa­iata Maori Mu­sic Awards in Septem­ber 2012 when he and the late Dr Hirini Melbourne were named as joint re­cip­i­ents of the Life­time Con­tri­bu­tion to Maori Mu­sic Award.

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Back in Mata­mata: Dr Richard Nunns will be back in his home­town on May 13.

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