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Inspired by sparkling waters of Tasman Bay Nelson, this choral work (SSAATB) was originally composed with flute accompaniment, which has been substituted in performances by the Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute) and also the Koauau (traditional Maori flute). There are recordings of Pounamu with each of these flutes. The piece's choral texture uses Maori vowel sounds and a text which is a whakatauki (proverb) from the Waikato region.
Traditional Waikato Whakatauki (proverb)
02 Aug 2009: Pounamu
Performed by the Sendai Hoso Choir of Japan with Kanzan Sato (shakuhachi)
Performed by Auckland University Singers conducted by Karen Grylls, with Uwe Grodd (flute) and Kristen Darragh (alto)
Performed by Voices New Zealand with soloist Jeffrey Chang and taonga pūoro by Horomona Horo