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March 5, 2020 7:00PM—March 5, 2020 8:00PM • Opera House

NZ Festival of the Arts | Close Listening: A Conversation with Laurie Anderson


For artist Laurie Anderson, listening is an art. The pioneering musician’s extraordinary career, renowned for a groundbreaking collaborative approach to process and performance, can be seen as an expedition into the complexities of sound and the ways that a conscious mind can both create and experience it. Laurie’s signature programme for the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts is an invitation to close listening. Laurie joins musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Horomona Horo to discuss the nature of music and mind. Hear it for yourself.

Māori composer Horomona Horo is a specialist practitioner of Traditional Māori Instruments. His extensive history in performance and collaborative work spans over 20 years, during this time he has worked with a vast array of creative disciplines and genre as well as recently completing artist residencies at Government House Wellington and Brandeis University, Boston (USA). Horomona’s work features alongside New Zealand and international artists such as Maisey Rika, Dame Gillian Whitehead, Black Arm Band, QSO, Small Island Big Song (to name a few). Events include WOMAD, The Rainforest Festival (Borneo), WOMEX, Rugby and Cricket World Cups, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, The Celtic Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival (Australia), and many more.

Proudly part of the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts Writers Festival.

Start time

March 5, 2020 7:00PM

End time

March 5, 2020 8:00PM


Opera House
111 Manners St, Te Aro, Wellington