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This six week course examines the practice of fabricating musical instruments using natural materials such as native timber, animal skin, bone and stone. It begins by a re-telling of the author’s personal journey through the sacred practice of making and playing taonga pūoro (traditional Maori instruments) under instruction from kaiako Jason Phillips from Whakarewarewa village, and how this led to the creation of other traditional instruments of Scandinavian and Scottish heritage that reflect some of the values embodied in taonga pūoro. An aspect of the course looks specifically at the oneiric (dream-like) qualities of the natural materials that constitute the instruments and how these might play a part within the wider paradigm of ‘nature as teacher’. As Matsuo Basho (1644–1694) said, “Learn about the pine from the pine, learn about the bamboo from the bamboo”. The course comes complete with a reading materials plus weekly workshops/tutorials with John. The course is delivered in-person in Collingwood, Golden Bay.

Please contact the John if you would like to book a place in the next course offering. 

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