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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


Hau

For taonga puoro and male voice, 1m


He Moemoea

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


He Poroporoaki (Saying Goodbye)

for string quartet and taonga puoro, 5m


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


Koau

For taonga puoro and male voice, 1m 37s


Kohatu

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


La Morte

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


Late Summer/Te Hiku o Raumati

for taonga puoro and piano, 6m


Mai I Te Kore

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Matarangi

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard and programming


Material Instinct

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


Mercury

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


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, voice, keyboard, and programming


Pakuru

for taonga puoro (2 players), 4m


Perilous Knowledge

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


Play/Kori

for taonga puoro and piano, 4m


Redaction

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


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


Routine Inspection

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


Silence/Mumu

for taonga puoro and piano, 6m


Sleeping Giant

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


Spider Shell

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


Star Waka

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


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, voice, keyboard, and programming


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


Tripped It

for taonga puoro, percussion and various sounds


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, voice, keyboard, and programming


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

Audio/visual


Rangirua

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Secret Sounds

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SETA

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Whaea

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