Rob is a profoundly original voice in the evolving journey of Taonga Puoro.
His inaugural solo album on Rattle Records, "Whāia Te Māramatanga" (2013) is a deeply felt and highly concentrated conversation between the past and the present - a musical passage of identity and connection. Using modern loop technology and traditional Māori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell and wood, Rob creates a transcendent aural experience that touches the soul with timeless beauty. Every performance is a stunning and very personal exploration of the spiritual and healing qualities of an ancient practise.
"Thorne has successfully re-imagined and reconstructed traditional Māori instrumental music for the 21st century." - NZ Musician