Introduction to Taonga Puoro 2 hours
Introduction to Taonga Puoro
Pūtōrino ā Raukatauri
Pūtātara, Pūmoana and Pūpū
From the realms of Tangaroa, Hinemoana, and Hinemokemoke, shell instruments are used across the Pacific to herald the birth of new life, mourn the death of loved ones, signal the beginning of ceremonies, and connect us to the beauty and power of nature.
In expert hands, the sounds they produce are as varied and diverse as the sounds of the moana itself. In this session, you’ll learn about three Taonga Puoro which are made from shells:
Pūmoana – made from a large conch shell and known affectionately across the Pacific as “Pū” Pūtātara – similar to the Pūmoana, but with an extended wooden mouthpiece Pūpu – made from a variety of small snail shells from both land and sea.
You’ll see the different ways in which these Taonga Puoro can be played, learn about their Whakapapa, and find out which locations in Aotearoa have natural “sound significance”.
E mihi kau ana ki a koe Jerome mō tō pūmanawa me ō pūkenga e whakaatuhia ana i ō mahi puhi i te Pūtātara, Pūmoana me te Pūpū.
Nguru - nose flutes
Nose flutes of all shapes and sizes appear throughout the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Polynesia. The soft air blown through these instruments transforms into a gentle sound that calms the spirit and can be used to lull a baby to sleep or help us mourn the passing of a loved one.
In this session, you’ll learn about the Nguru and its cousins across the Pacific, and you’ll hear how Jerome’s Nguru sings of a love that only a mother could know.
E mihi kau ana ki a koe Jerome mō tō pūmanawa me ō pūkenga e whakaatuhia ana i tō whakatangi i te Nguru.
Porotiti and Pūrerehua
Porotiti and Pūrerehua are Taonga Puoro that come to us from the realm of the winds and the air. Singing the songs of Tāwhirimātea, they produce vibrations that have the power to clear blockages and bring balance to both the physical and spiritual realms.
In this session, Jerome shows how, despite their simple mechanics, the Porotiti and Pūrerehua generate sounds of tremendous depth and vastness that even have the amazing ability to heal our bodies. Learn about these special Taonga Puoro, their Whakapapa, and their multiple functions in ceremony, in healing, and in musical performance.
E mihi kau ana ki a koe Jerome mō tō pūmanawa me ō pūkenga e whakaatuhia ana i te mahi o te Porotiti me te Pūrerehua.
Tōkere and Tūmutūmu
Toka (rocks) and Rākau (wood) give us rhythms born of the realms of Tane, Hinetuparimaunga, and Parawhenuamea. In this session, you’ll learn about Tōkere and Tūmutūmu, two primal-sounding Taonga Puoro that tap out the songs of Papatuanuku and connect us to our own human mothers. See how Jerome manipulates the sound and pitch of these Taonga Puoro by adjusting the position of his fingers and hear how their resonant sound mimics the chorus of Ngā manu tiori o Raumati (cicadas basking in the summer sun).
E mihi kau ana ki a koe Jerome mō tō pūmanawa me ō pūkenga e whakaatuhia ana i tō pākiri i te Tōkere me te Tumutumu.
Te Kū and Rōria
Our educational journey into the world of Taonga Puoro ends with Te Kū and Rōria. Rarely seen and often overlooked, these Taonga Puoro make subtle percussive sounds that imitate the natural rhythm of the earth. Their intimate voices connect us back to ourselves and heighten our sensitivity to the percussive sounds of nature. In this session, you’ll hear how these Taonga Puoro mimic, with striking realism, the gentle patter of water as it drips through the forest. You’ll also hear Jerome’s soothing waiata (song) about our ancient, universal connection through the power of water and learn how he finds his own rhythm through “the rhythm of Kū”.
E mihi kau ana ki a koe Jerome mō tō pūmanawa me ō pūkenga e whakaatuhia ana i tō mahi whakatangi i Te Kū me te Rōria.
For the past twenty years, Jerome Kavanagh has traversed the globe with his collection of Taonga Puoro (Māori musical instruments), sharing the exquisite sounds and songs of the natural world and the beautiful traditions of our Tūpuna (ancestors).