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Nga Tae: Group of Many Colours

Nga Tae are a proudly New Zealand group which brings together 4 world class musicians who collectively create an outcome that is greater than the individual parts. Nga Tae comprises, Dr Richard Nunns, Horomona Horo, – Taonga Puoro; Waimihi Hotere -voice and Paddy Free keyboards and electronica. The group is completed with Jamie Bull , Manager and Maaka McGregor, Sound Engineer. Representing the many colours of our country is integral to who we are and what we wish to...

Natalia Mann

After being based in Istanbul for a number of years, Natalia is back basing herself in New Zealand.

Gillian Whitehead: composer

Arts Foundation This is music of our land, our waters and winds, our forests, our birds and insects and of our Mäori people, as of no other — you will not hear it’s like anywhere else. Jenny McLeod tuhonohono Gillian lives in Dunedin,...

Richard Nunns: Performer and presenter on Mäori musical instruments

richardnunns.net.nz Dr Richard Nunns, who has dedicated a lifetime to understanding, playing, making and recording Mäori instruments- Taonga Puoro-… must surely be named a national treasure. Music in New Zealand   http://www.thearts.co.nz/artist_page.php&aid=57 Richard maintains a national and international career from his base in Nelson,...

Alexa Still: Flautist

alexastill.com Her playing matched her impressive stature … Alexa’s ability to whisper or shout with her instrument as she needed made her performance very, very, special. Peninsula News, Los Angeles Alexa continues her demanding international schedule from her base in Sydney, where she is Chair of Woodwind, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Univ of...

Michael Nicholas Williams: Musical theatre

Michael Nicholas Williams is noted as a  musical director, pianist, keyboard, song writer and composer. He “is a pianist and composer of extraordinary talent must surely go down in the annuls of the New Zealand music scene as one who brings to life the whole spectrum of the musical kaleidoscope with the suave expertise of a master.” New Zealand National Singing School When not on tour, Michael lives in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, with his...

Michael Joel: Conductor

Conductor, Michael Joel, delivered polished contrasts from the Christchurch Symphony’s excellent ensemble [in Canterbury Opera’s, Count Ory].Christchurch Star Michael is currently based in Wellington, New...

Lonely Heart – The Musical...

Huge Brava to Michael Nicholas Williams and cast and crew of Lonely Heart – the Musical, which opened at BATS this week. Read reviews here

Natalia’s Pasif.ist CD...

Natalia Mann has just completed an extensive tour, opening and performing with Bic Runga – the Acoustic Church Tour.  This tour also served as the launch of her new album Pasif.ist, which is currently at number 10 in theNew Zealand Album charts. It is put out by Rattle and can be purchased from them.

Nga Tae at WOMAD

The Nga Tae  performance I was privileged to see twice at WOMAD -(just couldn’t help myself it was  truly amazing so amazing that my partner was brought to tears on the Sunday  night she too was just completely overcome by Nga Tae)  Dave Mudford March 2011

Nga Tae: Ihimaera- Auckland Festival...

Working with Ihimaera’s most rhapsodic outpouring, Horomona Horo fashioned a Grand Finale out of Star Waka. Horo and Richard Nunns’ taonga puoro crowded with Paddy Free’s electronica against Waimihi Hotere’s eloquent vocals in vibrant and thrusting dissonance. Ihimaera By William Dart

Nga Tae wowed them!

What a stunning premiere at the HiFi in Melbourne – as the start of the showcase of Music from Aotearoa: Nga Tae, Maisey Rika, Bella Kalolo, Electric Wire Hustle and King Kapisi. Watch this space for  more news of this stunning group or better still catch them at WOMAD NZ in March.

CNZ proposal

The last couple of weeks have been focussing on the funding application to Creative New Zealand for  the filming of  Nga Reo O Te Whenua – the voices of the land. Richard Nunns’ story of the renaissance of the Taonga Puoro. It is taking shape now I think!!

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