Musical Performance: The Sounds of Our Ancestors

The sounds of taonga puorotaonga puoro Māori musical instruments meet those of ancient China in this otherworldly collaboration between musicians Horomona Horo and Jon He.

  • When Fri 22 Feb 2019, 6.30pm–7.30pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Free event

Witness a unique performance that brings taonga puoro into harmony with ancient Chinese instruments reinterpreted for the 21st century.

Music was essential to ritual in ancient China, playing a vital role in linking the realms of Heaven and Earth. In this collaborative performance, musicians Horomona Horo and Jon He unite ancient sounds with cutting-edge technologies. Discover affinities between Māori and Chinese music, including the shared importance of instruments beyond entertainment – in rites of passage, storytelling, and daily life.



Horomona Horo performs at the Te Kooti Symposium, 2018. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa

The musicians

Dr Jon He is a sound artist and researcher working at the frontier of art and technology. He experiments with emerging technologies to explore how interactions between humans and machines might produce new forms of artistic expression.

Horomona Horo is a master of taonga puoro who has performed all over the world. He is known for his unique understanding of the instruments’ distinct sounds and practices. Horomona has collaborated with musicians as diverse as the Weimarer Staatskapelle Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Gareth Farr, and Moana and the Tribe.