E Waru Reo Ki Kawatea – The Voices of the Taoka Pūoro from Okain’s Bay Maori and Colonial Museum

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: 12-5pm, 8-31 January, 2015
Opening: 8 January, 6-8pm
8 channel recording
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Many taoka pūoro (musical instruments of the NZ Māori) lie silent in museum collections throughout Aotearoa and the world and have not been played for the decades if not centuries since they were first collected. The voices of the taoka tāwhito (ancient treasures) in this composition are from taoka pūoro that reside in the collection of Okain’s Bay Māori and Colonial Museum, Banks Peninsula.

Alistair Fraser (B.Mus) is a taoka pūoro performer, researcher, maker, composer and music producer and in 2011 was awarded a Creative New Zealand Department of Conservation Wild Creations Artist Residency which resulted in a touring exhibit and an album of music titled ‘Rakiura’. In 2014 Alistair performed taoka pūoro with NZ String Quartet, in Anthony Richie’s opera ‘This Other Eden’, in Louise Potiki-Bryant’s dance piece ‘Whakaahua’ and with ‘Trinity Roots and their Irish Friends’.