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STROMA ensemble to meet masters of taonga puoro in unique collaboration for Matariki

The renaissance of taonga puoro — traditional Māori musical instruments — continues to build, with a major collaboration between leading chamber ensemble STROMA and two of Aotearoa’s top performers of taonga puoro, Ariana Tikao and Alistair Fraser at Hannah Playhouse this month.

Publicity image is courtesy of Stroma.

On 28 June, Ariana and Alistair will come together with the players of Stroma to perform number of compositions that fuse Māori and Western musical worlds for Tātai Whetū (“the constellations”).

Conducted by Hamish McKeich, the one-off concert will be centred around a major work co-written by Ariana Tikao and Wellington-based composer Philip Brownlee. Ko te Tātai Whetū explores, in musical form, the stories behind the constellations, and will feature Ariana singing and performing on her instruments, including the beautiful patu pounamu — a pounamu ‘gong’.

Publicity image is courtesy of Stroma.

Also in the programme are works by New Zealand composers Dylan Lardelli, Tristan Carter and Gillian Whitehead, as well as two new waiata with ensemble backing by Ariana Tikao, one of which features words by the great Hirini Melbourne.

Tātai Whetu is part of Wellington’s Matariki festival.

What: TĀTAI WHETU: STROMA collaborates with leading performers of taonga puoro

When: 7:30pm, 28 JUNE 2017



Tickets: $20 Concession; $30 Full.

About Stroma

Stroma is an artistic team combining musicians at the highest standards of excellence in New Zealand.  At the core of this team lies the creative brilliance of composer Michael Norris and conductor Hamish McKeich, whose leadership during the past 15 years has produced innovative programmes unique to New Zealand and introduced audiences to new ideas from the global musical community.

Stroma has the following fundamental purposes:

  • Foster and champion the music of today.
  • Illuminate New Zealand musical creativity within an international context.
  • Exhilarate audiences with bold musical experiences of the highest standard.

As an ensemble, Stroma is not limited to a fixed group of musicians, but can respond to the needs of its composers and collaborators, allowing it to remain at the forefront of new developments in contemporary music. It is now the only professional ensemble in New Zealand dedicated solely to music of today.

Media queries or interview requests may be directed to Michael Norris —


Published on 6th June 2017