Taonga pūoro produce organic sounds viewed as the ancestral language of Aotearoa and the land, taking the listener and tuned ear into ancient times, being wrapped up in voices originating from aeons ago.
Come and share in this amazing immersive wānanga, made possible by the Haumanu Collective. Lead by two renowned crafters and musicians, dedicated to the revitalisation and preservation of taonga pūoro.
: Jo’el Komene and Tāmihana Kātene
: Sunday, 3rd July
: 10pm – 3pm
: The Jam Factory
All ages (5 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult and be booked into workshop)
This 5 hour workshop will introduce you to the different families of traditional Māori musical instruments with a discussion about each. Construction techniques and materials, whakapapa (genealogical links) as well as tikanga (protocols) surrounding traditional performance using taonga pūoro. Demonstrations will embellish this workshop.
After a two-hour kōrero and break for a catered lunch, participants will spend two hours making a taonga pūoro and learning how to play them with tuition and guidance in the making process and playing techniques. Participants will also be invited to contribute to a group performance using the taonga pūoro they have made and/or playing the Rōreka – Jo’el Komene collection.
Jo’el Komene – Ngā Puhi, Tapuika, Tainui
Jo’el is a taonga pūoro artist based in Tauranga, New Zealand. He has assisted in the revival of taonga pūoro having facilitated numerous wānanga exhibited whakairo taonga pūoro (carved instruments) in several exhibitions, recorded taonga pūoro for a number of organisations including Māori Television, Māori radio and local establishments; performed live using taonga pūoro in a range of contexts and practised Māori musical traditions in fulfilling his greater goal of assisting in the revival and maintenance of taonga pūoro on marae (Māori meeting places) and appropriately in broader contexts.
Tāmihana Kātene – Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata, Te Taoū – Ngāti Whatua
For over 20 years, Tāmihana has been involved in the reinvigoration of Taonga Pūoro within the Wellington region. As a carver of wood, stone and bone Tāmihana has spent this time focusing on the study and recreation of traditional Taonga Pūoro, with the intent of reintroducing and strengthening its use within traditional Māori cultural practices.
Tāmihana has lead and taught many community-based wānanga exploring the creation of Taonga Pūoro, their associated pūrakau (stories) and their use as musical instruments. Outside of this environment, he has also frequented Te Kōkī, The New Zealand School of Music, as a guest lecturer in Ethomusicology studies and as a teacher of performance, particularly within Haka, moteatea and Taonga Pūoro.
Tāmihana’s passion for Tikanga and Te Reo have lead him to the composition of karakia and moteatea, specifically used to encapsulate and retain the knowledge pertaining to Taonga Pūoro. These resources will serve as a set of tools to ensure that intergenerational learnings will be passed on from our tūpuna
Herea ngā hana o te Rā ki te tenga o te korokoro.