Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o te Whenua

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In his solo presentation of traditional instruments (taonga puoro), Richard Nunns introduces his audience to the ancient sound world of the Mäori of Aotearoa New Zealand. For each presentation he chooses from among fifty different instruments - mainly percussion or flutes and trumpets. Made from materials such as wood, bone, stone and shell, many of the instruments are carved in exquisite detail.

The voices of the traditional instruments had rarely been heard since the early nineteenth century. Nunns's musicality and facility in playing the instruments are underpinned by his extensive scholarship and research. In a report of a recent workshop, Tewe Eru (Tuwharetoa) said “It's sad that so much of this traditional knowledge has been lost to us, so I’m here to learn. Richard is an encyclopaedia and I can’t get enough of it!”

This presentation is interwoven with stories about the instruments and their functions within the rituals and ceremonies of a traditional community.    

'Richard Nunns, who has dedicated a lifetime to understanding, playing, making and recording Maori instruments… must surely be named a national treasure'      Music in New Zealand 1998

This is a part of the 2011 City of London Festival. The other lectures in this series are:
      Culture and Resistance by Michael Walling
      The Relationship between Music and Sounds from the Natural World by David Matthews
      Emerging Markets and Climate Change by Dr Cameron Hepburn
      Percy Grainger: Australia's Greatest Composer by Malcolm Gillies

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This event was on Tue, 12 Jul 2011

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Dr Richard Nunns

Richard has a long history of personal commitment to researching and presenting/ performing the traditional musical instruments of the Maori, and to organising this body...

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