Ancient Instruments in Modern Times

Ancient Instruments in Modern Times

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Traditional Māori instruments called taonga pūoro.

Join us for the third installment of Taloa: An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers with Ancient Instruments in Modern Times.

11/23   For American Indian and Māori composers, the sound of traditional instruments has been a potent source of inspiration. Whether played by Sioux, Comanche, or Navajo, there is nothing quite like the haunting sound of a plains flute. But aboriginal instruments pose a challenge for composers: how does one meaningfully include these instruments in pieces with Western classical instrumentation? The results can be varied and stunning, as we’ll hear. Our program features conversations with Horomona Horo and James Webster — leading Māori performers on the ancient Māori instruments known as taonga pūoro.