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Rōreka Workshop / Taonga Pūoro

Sunday 03 July 2022




Sun 03 July, 12:00-16:30


The Jam Factory - The Incubator Creative Village, 159 17th Ave, Tauranga

2-hour presentation and demonstrations, 2-hour taonga pūoro crafting workshop (pūrerehua, pongāihu hue, kōauau) and a brief, group performance.

This 4.5-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.

Participants will then 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 just made and/or playing the Rōreka - Jo'el Komene collection.

Tutor: Jo’el Komene - Ngā Puhi / Tapuika / Tainui - BIT, BMVA, MA, Dip. T. 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.

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. This, Jo’el utilises as motivation for his passion for Māori art forms both tangible and intangible.

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