26 Nov 2017

The Lilburn Lecture 2017

From Appointment, 11:00 am on 26 November 2017

Searching for Voice, Searching for Reo

In this year's Lilburn Lecture Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal tells the story of his journey as a bicultural composer in Aotearoa New Zealand

Charles Royal delivers the Lilburn Lecture 2017

Charles Royal delivers the Lilburn Lecture 2017 Photo: 2017 National Library-Imaging Services, Department of Internal Affairs

Reo means voice and includes many kinds of voices - the human voice, bird song, wind, thunder, taonga pūoro and much more.

(A transcript is available below)

Using examples of his own composition, Charles Royal considers the purpose of composing, the potential impact of concepts such as reo (voice) and kōrero (voiced narrative) as an approach to music and whether mātauranga Māori and Western composition can combine to create a new and satisfying whole.

Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi) is a composer, researcher, teacher, musician and passionate advocate for ‘indigenous creativity’. He is highly respected writer and has received several prestigious fellowships. He is Director of Ngā Manu Atarau at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

The Lilburn Lecture 2017 was hosted by the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library, and recorded on 2 November 2017 at National Library of New Zealand by RNZ.

Producer: Adrienne Baron

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