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