In 'Breath of the Birds' Dame Gillian Whitehead discusses the origin of taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used traditional Māori musical instruments in her compositions.
In this year's Lilburn Lecture New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) speaks on the origins of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work.
The lecture concludes with a performance of her work 'Hineraukatauri' by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.
Three times winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the 2018 recipient of the Arts Foundation Arts Icon Award, Gillian Whitehead’s work has been recognised internationally for several decades. Often working collaboratively with artists from various disciplines, Gillian has also frequently incorporated taonga puoro and Māori themes into her work.
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The Lilburn Lecture 2019 was recorded on 1 November 2019 at National Library of New Zealand by RNZ
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