Jessica Jack

Taonga Pūoro: Expansion & Sustainability

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Kia ora! I am a Ph.D. student studying through the University of Waikato. Taonga pūoro have become a major part of my life, guiding my musical path. My aim is to bring more attention to these instruments and help them grow within our forever changing musical world.

With your help, I believe it is possible to maintain what we already know about taonga pūoro and to encourage more people to learn about these magnificent instruments.

WHAT ARE TAONGA PŪORO?

Taonga pūoro are the traditional musical instruments of Māori culture, often known as 'Singing Treasures'. Each instrument has a personality of its own and a sound to match it. 

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

The idea behind this project is to take the playing techniques we know and expand them to help taonga pūoro grow within our forever changing musical environment. My intention to create a technique notation system that will be usable by musicians of all cultures (Māori, European etc) to assist in creating pieces and performances using these mysterious instruments.  

This project will attempt to increase the sustainability of these instruments so that we do not lose the traditions and techniques we already have. 

WHAT WILL DONATIONS GO TOWARDS?

TAONGA PŪORO - COLLECTORS CASE: $9,947.50NZD

Donations will go towards the final payment for a full set of Taonga Pūoro currently being crafted by James Webster. These instruments will be used to create sounds, samples, music, and performances for research within this project. 

THANK YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to read and learn about my project.

I invite you to become a part of this project by donating and sharing this campaign with your friends and family.

(Image: Jessica Jack 2017, Article 1992.115 in National Museum of Scotland.) 

UPDATES

  • THANK YOU!

    2 WEEKS AGO

    Kia ora Whanau! 

    Firstly, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your donations so far. We have reached 5% of the final target! Please remember to share this campaign with your friends, family and colleagues to help raise awareness of the work we are doing. 

    This week I flew up to Hamilton to present my 6 month PhD update and reach confirmed enrollment. The great news is that I reached confirmed enrollment AND received the Niklas Werner award for Excellence in Electroacoustic Music Composition/Research. Without your support, this would not have been possible so THANK YOU!

    Arohanui,

    Jess