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Horomona Horo

Composer, Performer

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Biography

Composer and taonga pūoro practitioner, Horomona Horo has fused traditional Maori instruments, taonga pūoro, with a diverse range of cultural and musical forms. 

Mentored by the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns (both credited as largely responsible for the revival of taonga pūoro), Horo won the inaugural Dynasty Heritage Concerto Competition in 2001 and in the intervening years has become the international Maori face of taonga pūoro. Performances including orchestral work with the Weimarer Staatskapelle Orchestra, hip-hop with Pao Pao Pao, Opera in the Park with Kiri Te Kanawa, guest artist at the 90th Commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele, and international tours with Moana and the Tribe, Canti Maori, Irish collaboration - Green Fire Islands and the Voices NZ Choir have enabled Horomona to extend his knowledge and skills across diverse genres whilst remaining a cultural and musical educator in his own right. 

Horo continues to immerse himself in the unique sounds, techniques and practices of taonga pūoro. As well as having distinct musical voices, each instrument has a specific use relating to rites of passage, storytelling and daily life for the Maori people. Knowledge of customary practices and functions is something important that Horo has brought to his compositions with diverse range of artists. Nga Tae, the NZTrio, UK Composer Paul Lewis, Gareth Farr, Ross Harris, Flautist, Luca Manghi, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Maisey Rika have all collaborated with Horo.

Performing at the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix alongside Rihanna, Tom Jones, Justin Bieber and Bob Geldof, was just one of the highlights of an extraordinary year for Horo. His duo Wairoa, with guitarist Josh Rogers, performed at European concerts and lectures at the prestigious chamber music Konvergencie Festivals in Kosice, Slovakia. Waiora were also the first New Zealanders in more than a decade to perform at the prestigious World Music Expo in Cardiff. This was the first time taonga pūoro had been played at the Expo, the largest annual gathering of the world music community. 

Horo welcomes new compositional and performing collaborations as well as opportunities to give masterclasses and educate in traditional Maori music, dance and culture. He is currently based in Hamilton.


Composed (18)

Haka Waiora

for taonga puoro and voice


He Moemoea

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


He Tangi Mo Ngā Rehe

for taonga puoro


Kohatu

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Kōkiri

for taonga puoro and guitar


Kōtuitui

for taonga puoro and guitar


Mai I Te Kore

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Manawa

for taonga puoro and guitar


Matarangi

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard and programming


Nau Mai

for taonga puoro and guitar


Orohanga

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Rerehua

for taonga puoro and guitar


Star Waka

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Te Ira Tangata

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Te Pauaotanga o te Ao

for taonga puoro and guitar


Te Tangi Mokemoke A Raureka

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming


Whanaki Wai

for taonga puoro and guitar


Whanau Puhi

for taonga puoro, voice, keyboard, and programming



Resources (1)


Performances (5)

NZTrio and Horomona Horo | Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

CMNZ presents NZTrio with __Horomona Horo__ in: __Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki | Three F...


NZTrio and Horomona Horo | Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

CMNZ presents NZTrio with __Horomona Horo__ in: __Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki | Three F...


NZTrio and Horomona Horo | Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

CMNZ presents NZTrio with __Horomona Horo__ in: __Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki | Three F...


NZTrio and Horomona Horo | Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

CMNZ presents NZTrio with __Horomona Horo__ in: __Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki | Three F...


NZTrio and Horomona Horo | Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

CMNZ presents NZTrio with __Horomona Horo__ in: __Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki | Three F...