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The music of two worlds

Western classical and Maori music will combine in a Chamber Music New Zealand series of interactive webisodes from Sunday to celebrate Matariki.

Composed by Troy Kingi, the series, Nga Waiata O te Po, follows a group of campers on a wilderness adventure to discover the Matariki constellation in the night sky. Strands of myth, music, song and storytelling are woven together into an interactive online experience made for the entire family.

Performers include Te Ohorere Williams, cellist Olivia Wilding, Justin Rogers and Jon Hunter, composer Troy Kingi and mystery celebrity guests.

Four bite-sized webisodes will screen across July to celebrate Matariki. These will make up the first chapter in a series of nine stories that take place over the next nine years. Each year’s event will draw inspiration from one of the stars in the cluster — Matariki and her children — to tell a new story.

A live theatrical event will tour later in the year.

Nga Waiata O te Po can be viewed on Chamber Music New Zealand’s YouTube channel from this Sunday, and the following three Sundays, at 10am.

Inspiration: Composer Troy Kingi helped work on the online series to celebrate Matariki. Picture supplied