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Richard Nunns

Commissioner, Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Biography

Richard Nunns is one of New Zealand’s most respected performers and researchers of Maori music and instruments. He has performed and recorded widely both within New Zealand and internationally and with a wide range of musical genre from Moana and the Moahunters, through jazz to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Richard began his research and collaboration with Hirini Melbourne in the 1990s. Their recordings Te Ku Te Whe and Te Hekenga-a-rangi have become the seminal works of traditional Maori instrumental music.

The unique and compelling voices of nga taonga puoro, the traditional instruments of the Maori, have attracted the interest of a number of New Zealand’s composers including Gareth Farr, Helen Fisher and Gillian Whitehead.

Hine Raukatauri, by Gillian Whitehead, a weaving of two flute traditions in honour of the Maori goddess of flute music was given it’s world premiere in Atlanta in 1999 by Richard and Alexa Still and since recorded on Tuhonohono.

He has been awarded an honorary life membership of the New Zealand Flute Association, and in 2001 was awarded the KBB Citation for Services to New Zealand Music presented by the Composers Association of New Zealand. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University, Wellington.

2009 was a special year for Richard – not only was he awarded a QSM (Queens Service Medal) for services to Taonga Puoru, he was admitted to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame and became an Artist Laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

[As an Arts Foundation Laureate more information about Richard Nunns can be found on the Arts Foundation website.]


Composed (64)

Begin Again

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 5m 57s


Celestial Dog

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 4m 50s


City of Green

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 4m 19s


Cosmic Winds

for taonga pūoro and tape, 15m


Exctinct Species

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Gentle Folk

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Hau

For taonga puoro and male voice, 1m


He Moemoea

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


He Poroporoaki (Saying Goodbye)

for string quartet and taonga puoro, 5m


Here Seas Peak

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Hidden Cameras

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, 1m 54s


Hikoi

improvisational conversations between Richard Nunns and Paul Dyne


In One Breath/He Whakaea Kotahi

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


Isle and Light

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Koau

For taonga puoro and male voice, 1m 37s


Kohatu

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


La Morte

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Late Summer/Te Hiku o Raumati

for taonga puoro and piano, 6m


Mai I Te Kore

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Matarangi

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Material Instinct

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Meat Ox

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Mercury

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 2m 12s


Missed Children

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Nga Kete e Toru

for piano trio and taonga puoro


Not Reconciled/Hononga Kore

for taonga puoro and piano, 3m


Old Shadows

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 6m 30s


Orohanga

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Pakuru

for taonga puoro (2 players), 4m


Paper Sand

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Perilous Knowledge

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 3m 23s


Play/Kori

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


Quiet Night

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Redaction

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Reflections II/He Hokinga Mahara

for taonga puoro and piano, 5m


Returning/Hokinga Mai

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


Revival

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Routine Inspection

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Rumi Nation

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Silence/Mumu

for taonga puoro and piano, 6m


Sine Language

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Sleeping Giant

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Snow Grind

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Spider Shell

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 46s


Star Waka

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Tangi Koauau

For taonga puoro and male voice, 5m


Tangimokemoke A Raureka

For taonga puoro and male voice, 3m


Te Aho Ku

for taonga puoro (2 players), 5m


Te Auraki a Tane

for taonga puoro (2 players), 2m


Te Ira Tangata

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Te Po

for taonga puoro, 5m


The Bells/Nga Pere

for taonga puoro and piano, 8m


The Nearest Clear Liquid

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 2m 5s


The Other Door/Tera Atu Kuaha

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


This Appearing World

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Tough Fairy, My Dear

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Trap

co-composed with Marilyn Crispell


Tripped It

fro taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Twilight/Ririko

for taonga puoro and piano, 2m


Two Minds

for taonga puoro and percussion. Co-composed with Mark Lockett.


Upper Circle, Lower Case

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 2m 53s


We Died Once

for taonga pūoro and various instruments, co-composed with Natalia Mann, 1m 18s


Whanau Puhi

for Taonga Puoro, vocals, keyboard, and programming. Co-composed with Waimihi Hoterem and Paddy Free


Wooden Man/Tangata Rakau

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m



Commissioned (3)

Hine-pu-te-hue

for string quartet and taonga pūoro (Māori instruments), 25m


Hineraukatauri

duo for piccolo/flute/alto flute, and Maori flutes


Te Hau o Tāwhirimātea

for flute and taonga pūoro, 11m



Recordings (37)

New Zealand New Music Volume VII

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Parihaka

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Rangirua

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Secret Sounds

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SETA

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Whaea

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