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.
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.