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Jerome Kavanagh

Composer, Māori Composer, Performer


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu me te rohe o Mōkai Pātea.

Grammy award winning soloist and Maori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto and Kahungunu tribes (Maori) as well as the Caomhanach clan (Irish). He was first introduced to the sound of Taonga Puoro by one of his aunties at the age of 16. A family owned Koauau (Maori cross blown flute) was the first instrument he recalls learning to play.

Maintaining his strong roots, Jerome has become part of a movement introducing Maori music, art and culture to the world. Over his career he has performed and recorded with artists across a variety of genres ranging from hip hop to classical. His collaborations include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moana and the Tribe, Daniel Beddingfeild, Hayley Westenra, Joler Gaan, Kevin Mark Trail "The Streets" and two-time Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin. In Kia Hora te Marino, Jerome joins only a handful of New Zealand musicians as a featured solo artist and lyricist on the two-time Grammy award winning album Calling All Dawns, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2011. Jerome has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera house, the British Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum and was a selected member of the New Zealand Art Delegation at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomon Islands.

In addition to his performing career, Jerome is one of New Zealand’s most prolific Taonga Puoro workshop providers in schools. At present he travels, sharing his interactive live show "Power to the Puoro" with thousands of children in Aotearoa, New Zealand as well as at universities, museums, colleges, indigenous communities and sound healing events worldwide.

Jerome was the 2022 Creative New Zealand/New Zealand School of Music Composer-in-Residence, he also received a prestigious Kawenata Award and was recognised by his Iwi Te Nehenehenui ngā hapū maha o Ngāti Maniapoto for Māoritanga Creative Artist of the Year.

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Composed (15)

Hine Moana Tāngaroa Hine Mokemoke

Taonga Puoro, 11m 9s

Hine Pū te Hue

taonga puoro, 9m 30s

Hine Raukatauri

taonga puoro, 12m 31s


taonga puoro, waiata pao, 6m 32s


taonga puoro, waiata pao, kapa haka, 7m 28s

Koauau Tawhito a Tane

taonga puroro, kirikiti (cricket), 48s

Na Taritari o Matariki

taonga puoro, birdsong, waiata pao, 3m 16s


a Puoro Māori Sound Healing Journey, 56m 22s


for taonga pūoro and orchestra, 32m 51s

Taku Nguru Paraoa

taonga puroro, waiata pao, 4m 21s

Tangaroa a Roto

taonga puoro, 1m 17s

Te Orokohanga

taonga puoro, 9m 31s

Te Tini a Haa

kokako, taonga puoro, 1m 42s

Tuia ki te Ukaipo

taonga puoro, voice, field recordings, virtual instruments, 4m 43s

Performances (1)

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra | In the Elements

Conductor Vincent Hardaker Taonga puoro Jerome Kavanagh Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by ...