Maori musical instruments on display in Riverton

Traditional music instruments like this putatara, or trumpet, made out of a triton shell will be on display at Te Hikoi from June until September 2018. PHOTO: Karyn Owen

Riverton's Te Hikoi Museum is opening a new exhibition this week, showcasing traditional Maori musical instruments.

"Taonga Puoro – Maori Musical Instruments" will be launched with a special performance this Friday evening (June 1).

Te Hikoi Museum manager Karyn Owen said she was very excited about the exhibition. "So many international visitors ask about traditional music instruments, and there are not many places in New Zealand sharing these stories," she said.

As part of the exhibition, an opportunity will be given for people to get hands on with the instruments through a workshop aimed at showing kids how they can use something from nature to create a unique sound.

"Taonga Puoro" will open with a special performance from Alistair Fraser of Wellington, who created most of the instruments to be on display. 

"He uses a looping machine to layer sounds from the instruments, and create a unique performance. We were very happy to hear we got funding from Creative Communities, otherwise it simply wouldn't have been possible to bring Alistair down from Wellington to open this exhibition," Karyn said.

Tickets for the Alistair Fraser Performance at 7pm Friday are $15, from Te Hikoi. 

The exhibition will run from June until September. A "learn to play" workshop will be held on Saturday, July 21, 1pm-3pm. Participation by koha.


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