Horomona is of NgaPuhi, Taranaki and Ngati Porou.
Composer, practitioner and cross genre collaborator, Horomona Horo has fused the traditional instruments of the Maori, taonga puoro (singing treasures), within a diverse range of cultural and musical forms.
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 practice.
Mentored by tohunga (experts) of taonga puoro, the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns, in 2001, Horo won the inaugural Dynasty Heritage Concerto Competition and in the intervening years has become the international Maori face of Taonga Puoro. Performances including orchestral work with the Weimarer Staatskapelle Orchestra, hip-hop with Pao Pao Pao, Opera in the Park with Kiri Te Kanawa, guest artist at the 90th Commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele, and international tours with Moana and the Tribe, Canti Maori, Irish collaboration - Green Fire Islands and the Voices NZ Choir have enabled Horomona to extend his knowledge and skills across diverse genres whilst remaining a cultural and musical educator in his own right. He He was the first student to be enrolled in the Master of Music programme developed at the Conservatory at the University of Waikato to include the study of traditional Maori instrument practise and currently lectures there.
Horo continues to immerse himself in the unique sounds, techniques and intrinsic significance and practices of taonga puoro. Not only of musical significance, the instruments are part of the holistic culture of all life, birth, death and nature, to which he was born. Each instrument has a specific use within rites of passage, storytelling and daily life of the Maori peoples. This daily life-breathing of the instruments, combined with a sound knowledge of contemporary musical techniques, is the distinguishing mark of his work and recent compositions and collaborations
His collaborations as both composer and performer are diverse, including such groups as the NZ String Quartet, Voices New Zealand Choir, New Zealand Chamber Soloists and notable composers, Gareth Farr, UK Composer Paul Lewis, Ross Harris and on the other side of the spectrum, Moana and the Tribe, Green Fire Islands, Fat Freddys Drop, Nga Tae, and Maisey Rika.
Horo welcomes new compositional and performing collaborations as well as opportunities to give master classes and educate in traditional Maori music, dance and culture.
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