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Using examples of his own composition, Charles Royal considers the purpose of composing, the potential impact of concepts such as reo (voice) and kōrero (voiced narrative) as an approach to music and whether mātauranga Māori and Western composition can combine to create a new and satisfying whole.
Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi) is a composer, researcher, teacher, musician and passionate advocate for ‘indigenous creativity’. He is highly respected writer and has received several prestigious fellowships. He is Director of Ngā Manu Atarau at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.