March 2018

2018 New Zealand Festival

At the heart of Te Ao Hou | This New World are the stone, wood, shell and bone of taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments). Born of the earth and water, these instruments produce sounds unique to Aotearoa. Conjuring a realm of light and dreams is Rob Thorne, a master of taonga pūoro, performing the world premiere of his Tomokanga with the New Zealand String Quartet.

Music by New Zealand composers Gillian Whitehead, Gareth Farr and Salina Fisher further ignites the synergies between taonga pūoro and Western string instruments. 

Full Festival Programme


Te Ao Hou | This New World

Rob Thorne - Improvisations for taonga pūoro 
Salina Fisher - Tōrino: echoes on pūtōrino improvisations by Rob Thorne
Rob Thorne - Tomokanga
Gillian Whitehead - Poroporoaki
Gareth Farr - He Poroporoaki
Gillian Whitehead - Puhake ki te rangi 


Online programme

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