Unitec to host rare workshop by Dr Richard Nunns
Unitec to host rare workshop by Dr Richard Nunns - traditional Maori music expert
Auckland audiences will have a rare opportunity to join master musicians Dr Richard Nunns and James Webster for a two-day workshop exploring taonga puoro - traditional Maori instruments - on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November at Unitec's Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae.
This will be the first public workshop of its kind that Dr Nunns has held in Auckland where he will be joined by fellow musical collaborator James Webster, who has an extensive knowledge of taonga puoro and the tradition Maori arts, including whakairo rakau (carving) and ta moko (tattooing).
Dr Nunns is regarded as the world's foremost authority on taonga puoro. He recently performed at Ted X Auckland and has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate of music from Victoria University in 2008, the QSM for services to Taonga Puoro in 2009, and an Arts Laureate in the same year.
He and fellow musician the late Hirini Melbourne were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and awarded joint recipients of the Lifetime Contribution to Maori Music Award in 2012.
Athina Tsoulis, Deputy Executive Dean for the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business at Unitec says they are delighted to be hosting this rare workshop.
"Richard Nunns has contributed so much knowledge and inspired so many in the art of Maori tradition instruments and music," says Tsoulis.
"Unbelievably Dr Nunns has never held an interactive workshop of this type before in Auckland," she says, "so it's absolutely a unique opportunity for the local community and Maori music enthusiasts to come along and be enriched by the wisdom, expertise and hands-on guidance shared by these two remarkable masters of taonga puoro."
Workshop participants will make and play a range of Maori instruments used to mimic bird-cry and the sounds of the natural environment. Bookings are essential as only 30 places are available. For further details, visit www.unitec.ac.nz/richardnunns
Dr Richard Nunns, QSM
Richard Nunns has been described as one of New Zealand's most remarkable musicians. A Pakeha (European New Zealander), he has become the living authority on Taonga Puoro - Maori traditional instruments.
Richard has developed an amazing international profile, both with the diversity of his recorded work, along with performing with a wide variety of people in many differing settings and circumstances. He works across a wide range of musical genres, and is continually in demand for recording. He is featured on a vast number of CD's.
Richard was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Victoria University (2008); the QSM for services to Taonga Puoro (2009); an Arts Laureate (2009), was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with Hirini Melbourne (2009), received a Citation by the Lilburn Trust, for outstanding services to music ( 2007) a Citation for Services to New Zealand Music. by the Composers Association of New Zealand ( 2001) and Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed won Best Maori album (2008). In September 2012 Dr Richard Nunns and the late Dr Hirini Melbourne: were awarded Joint recipients of the Lifetime Contribution to Maori Music Award from the National Waiata Maori Music Awards.
Biography: James Webster
Maori Arts Practitioner and Consultant
James Webster is of Maori and European descent, his tribal affiliations are Tainui, Te Arawa and Pakeha. James is based in Coromandel, working as a Ta Moko (traditional Maori tattoo) artist, of his own business, Tahaa, Ta Moko Studio & Maori Arts.
James studied at Te Wananga o Aotearoa achieving a Bachelor of Arts 'Te Maunga Kura Toi' with Excellence, in whakairo rakau (traditional Maori wood carving), under the guidance of Dr Paakaariki Harrison and Professor Kereti Rautangata in 2005. James also received a Studio Certificate from Toihoukura, Te Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne in 1998.
James has extensive knowledge of tradition Maori art, specialising in whakairo rakau and ta moko. He has worked in the arts industry for over 20 years, developing his skills in these art forms. James is also a maker and player of taonga puoro (traditional Maori musical instruments) aligning his principles of art, music and the spirit of life.
More recently James has been involved with researching 'Karetao' the art of Maori puppetry, with a view to support its revival.
He is driven by his passion for art and music, the human spirit and spirit of life, "I believe that through sharing our gifts on a human level, it brings us closer to understanding the spirit of life".
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