Welcome to the online home of Horomona Horo, traditional Maori composer and practitioner of Taonga Puoro.
Taonga puoro, literally translated as "treasure song" or "Singing Treasures" is the collective term given to the wide array of wind, percussive and string families of instruments. A tohunga, or master of the instruments Horo has devoted the past thirteen years of his life to their full time study and practise. His collaborations as both composer and performer are diverse, including such groups as the NZ Trio, Voices New Zealand Choir, New Zealand Chamber Soloists and notable composers, Gareth Farr, Paul Lewis, Victoria Kelly and ........ and on the other side of the spectrum, Moana and the Tribe, Green Fire Islands, Fat Freddys Drop and Maisey Rika.
Horomona performs and handles the full spectrum of the taonga puoro instruments with a measured skill, historical and cultural understanding as passed down to him by his mentors, first the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and since 2006, Dr Richard Nunns - two of the men credited with the revival of the art-form. His ability to perform solo as well as collaborate so broadly through and extensive musical knowledge of style and process, has led to Horo performing and presenting as a New Zealand representative in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and becoming the international Maori face of Taonga Puoro.
"Waiora", is a unique collaboration between Horomona and guitarist, Joshua Rogers. Teaming up for the first time in 2008, their projects have been diverse as they explore their Maori culture using elements of traditional instruments, waiata (song), guitar, western instruments and traditional dance.
This website contains information on collaborations, compositions, recording projects and much of the current scope of Horomona Horo's work. Please contact Elizabeth Woollacott for further information.