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We’re proud to be joining taonga pūoro artist Alistair Fraser, Te Reo Māori singer-songwriter Ariana Tikao, and talented young players from Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Orchestra for a series of free family concerts celebrating Matariki.
This year’s Chamber Music New Zealand celebration of Matariki promises to be “a sensory feast that re-affirms our place in the universe”. We’re proud to be joining taonga pūoro artist Alistair Fraser, Te Reo Māori singer-songwriter Ariana Tikao, and talented young players from Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Orchestra for a series of free family concerts in June at Wellington Museum and Pātaka Art + Museum. Taonga pūoro player Alistair Fraser has been making and playing traditional Māori instruments since 2000, when he attended workshops run by Brian Flintoff, Richard Nunns and the late Hirini Melbourne. Alistair now plays, produces and composes for taonga pūoro in a wide variety of settings. Singer-songwriter Ariana Tikao draws on folk and pop styles for her music, with a strong emphasis on Māori chant. Ariana was a featured vocalist on John Psathas’ recent international extravaganza No Man’s Land and also featured as a vocalist and taonga pūoro player for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015 for Kenneth Young’s In Paradisum. NZSQ will be performing two works by New Zealand composers, Salina Fisher's Torino, and Gareth Farr's Te-Tai-o-Rehua.
Friday 16 June – two performances at Wellington Museum (6pm & 8pm)
Saturday 17 June – one performance at Pātaka Art + Museum (2pm)