Richard Nunns is one of New Zealand’s most remarkable musicians. From his early days playing avant-garde jazz, this red-haired Pakeha has become a living authority on Taonga Puoro – Maori traditional instruments.
His thorough and sensitive research has provided a wealth of information around the sounds, history and stories of these taonga. Hear him as he plays from his extraordinary aken collection of instruments.
You will be hearing from a master musician who has numerous CDs under his belt as well as contributing to sound tracks for movies from Whale Rider to Lord of the of Rings, who embarks on international collaborations from Istanbul to the Faroe Islands, who has had music specially composed for him.
Arts laureate, honorary doctorate, APRA Silver Scroll, NZ Music Hall of Fame – the awards recognise one of the most significant stories in New Zealand music – an instrumental tradition lost for more than a century but, against all odds, brought back to life.