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Concert: Te Pūru the Golden Bull Lyre

Concert: Te Pūru the Golden Bull Lyre

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  • Sat 3 Jun ’17, 2:00pm – 5:00pm


The Historic Village, Seventeenth Ave West, Tauranga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00

From Iraq to New Zealand: Te Pūru, the Golden Bull Lyre.

An ancient harp-like instrument with the body of a bull and a golden head will sing its songs on 3 June.

Come enjoy an intimate performance of “Matariki - the new beginning", a composition for lyre and tāonga pūoro based around the seven brightest stars of Matariki.

Te Pūru, a replica of the sacred 5000-year-old Lyre of Ur, is the oldest found lyre, from Sumeria, now southern Iraq. The sacred golden head bull lyre will be played again in this performance by Natalia Mann, a New Zealand Samoan harpist known internationally for her contemporary approach in collaboration with Jo’el Komene a Taonga pūoro traditional Maori instrument player and cultural educator.

The performance will be enhanced by artist Sundus Abdul Hadi who adds her striking multi-media work ‘Warchestra’ bringing depth and understanding to the performance. Sundus is a powerful and poignant voice among contemporary Iraqi artists. Also contributing will be Dhaivat Mehta, local poet, and the event will feature a heart-warming documentary on the creation of the lyre by local filmmaker Tessa Blackett.

Expect a spine-tingling performance which honours the ancient bull lyre’s origins and welcomes him to his new home Aotearoa. Seats are limited to 50 people - get your ticket fast!

Presented by: The Incubator

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