Fis and Rob Thorne announced to perform at SXSW 2018
NZ Festival concert announced with the New Zealand String Quartet - Te Ao Hou
Attendance at WOMEX 2017 with support from the NZ Music Commission
Creative NZ / Jack C. Richards 2017 Composer-In-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington
Rob Thorne is a profoundly original voice in the evolving journey of Taonga Puoro.
"Whāia Te Māramatanga" is a deeply felt and highly concentrated conversation between the past and the present - a musical passage of identity and connection. Using modern loop technology and traditional Māori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell and wood, Rob creates a transcendent aural experience that touches the soul with timeless beauty. Every performance is a stunning and very personal exploration of the spiritual and healing qualities of an ancient practise.
"Thorne has successfully re-imagined and reconstructed traditional Māori instrumental music for the 21st century." - NZ Musician
Fis and Rob Thorne
In a unique collaboration, Māori sound artist Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) and Berlin based electronic composer Fis dismantle boundaries in space, time, and genre, juxtaposing Thorne’s living, breathing practice with the weight of modern sound systems.
"Thorne's unique instrumentation awash with Fis' juggernaut mix of murky electronics" - Bleep
"These two musicians hit with a weight of a dynamo" - Fluid Radio
Rob Thorne and the New Zealand String Quartet
At the heart of Te Ao Hou | This New World are the stone, wood, shell and bone of taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments). Born of the earth and water, these instruments produce sounds unique to Aotearoa. Conjuring a realm of light and dreams is Rob Thorne, a master of taonga pūoro, performing the world premiere of his Tomokanga with the New Zealand String Quartet.
Music by New Zealand composers Gillian Whitehead, Gareth Farr and Salina Fisher further ignites the synergies between taonga pūoro and Western string instruments. Another ground-breaking collaboration by the virtuosic New Zealand String Quartet, our leading chamber ensemble.
Tania Giannouli and Rob Thorne
A project of deep and visceral improvisations by two uncompromising explorative musicians. Their forthcoming album "Rewa" was recorded in Athens in April 2017 at AntArt Studios is being released early 2018 on Rattle Records.
"This album has terrific presence and grunt!" Steve Garden (Rattle Records)