Composer-performer Rob Thorne is a diverse explorer in the newly revived evolution of Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori instruments), fusing these ancient voices with modern sounds and technology. He creates ethereal immersive and powerful site-specific works through to contemporary chamber music and ground-breaking electronica - with expert knowledge and a deep respect of tradition. "Thorne has successfully re-imagined and reconstructed traditional Maori instrumental music for the 21st century." (NZ Musician)
Rob Thorne – Composer-performer and Taonga Pūoro expert
Website Rob Thorne
Jumping The Gap: The Distance Between Taonga Puoro and Experimental Music – Rob Thorne
Jumping The Gap - Article Soundbleedjournal
(Re)constructing the kōauau: traditional and modern methods in the making of kōauau rākau
(Re)constructing the kōauau
Richard Nunns, a key figure in the renaissance of taonga pūoro, alongside Hirini Melbourne
Website Richard Nunns
Hirini Melbourne, a key figure in the renaissance of taonga pūoro, alongside Richard Nunns
Hirini Melbourne - Wikipedia
Brian Flintoff’s book Taonga Pūoro, Singing Treasures provides a detailed introduction to traditional Māori instruments, including extensive photos and audio examples
Brian Flintoff on Jade and Bone Website
Composer Gillian Whitehead has composed numerous works that integrate taonga pūoro with the materials and techniques of western art music.
Website Gillian Whitehead
The music of Moana Maniapoto, the internationally celebrated singer/songwriter, is rooted in the landscape, culture and experience of Aoteroa.
Website Moana Maniapoto
Horomona Horo is a composer, performaner and cross-genre collaborator, fusing the traditional instruments of the Maori, taonga pūoro with a diverse range of cultural and musical forms.
Website of Horomona Horo
One of James Webster’s passions is the making and playing of taonga pūoro. He is also a member of the group Haumanu, which is dedicated to the revival, teaching and sharing of these taonga (treasures).
Jerome Kavanagh is a renowned figure in the performance and ongoing renaissance of taonga pūoro.
Website Jerome Kavanagh