Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

28jul4:00 pmToru Whā, Ka Rewa a MatarikiChristchurch Arts Festival

Event Details

NZTrio in collaboration with Horomona Horo will perform Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki at the 2019 Christchurch Arts Festival. Toru Whā (for short) is a beautifully curated one-hour performance of works written especially for NZTrio by kiwi composers, celebrating and exploring the meaning of Matariki in modern day Aotearoa.

Captain Cook arrived on the shores of Aotearoa in 1769, marking this year the 250th anniversary of those first encounters between Māori and European. It presents an engagement between the two cultures illustrated by the combination of instrumentation (taonga pūoro and piano trio – firstly heard distinctly in dialogue and finally coming together as a unified ensemble), composers (Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Victoria Kelly, Martin Lodge, Richard Nunns, Jeremy Mayall, and Gareth Farr) performers (Amalia Hall, Somi Kim, Ashley Brown and Horomona Horo), music, culture, presentation and approach. This performance contemplates and invites discussion on those first encounters and the resulting effects on our culture, and also the significance of Matariki in our Aotearoa/New Zealand today.



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Concession $36 /Full $40



July 28, 2019 4:00 pm UTC+12:00(GMT+00:00)


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Programme Notes

“Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki (Three Four, The Rise of Matariki) sees three of New Zealand’s most internationally renowned musicians — Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), and Somi Kim (piano) — joined on-stage by taonga puoro master and composer, Horomona Horo.


The quartet will use instrumentation to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook, showing the engagement between two cultures. The exchange will start as a dialogue between taonga pūoro and piano trio, and end as a unified ensemble.


This beautifully curated collection of works features compositions from Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Victoria Kelly, Martin Lodge, Richard Nunns, Jeremy Mayall, and Gareth Farr.


NZTrio is renowned for its outstanding skill, diverse repertoire and vibrant Kiwi stage presence. In 2017, the group received the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Classical Artist of the Year.”