Kia tohungia tātou, ka tohungia,
Kia kawea tātou, ka kawea.
"To be moved, to experience the wonder, to be inspired, to be uplifted, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary - this is the meaning and purpose of life. And when this is shared with others, when others too are uplifted as you are, this is when we truly come alive, when life comes to fulness and we find our fulfilment and purpose."
Tēnā koutou katoa.
My name is Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal and I am an indigenous composer. I compose music, story, ideas and change. Music is my first love and I have always been involved in music in some way or another. Today I compose music for chamber and orchestra groups. I also compose popular song (waiata) and explore music making drawing from mātauranga Māori- traditional Māori knowledge.
Following my early studies in music composition I also studied traditional Māori storytelling and performance, and indigenous knowledge generally. Hence, my journey as a composer has broadened to include story (particularly Māori storytelling) and ideas (particularly through research into traditional Māori knowledge and philosophy).
Finally, through various managerial and leadership roles, I am also a composer of change. I have lead various initiatives and projects concerning the Māori/Indigenous dimension of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Currently, I am Director of Ngā Manu Atarau-Communities, Repatriation and Sector Development at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
On the whole I love to imagine possibilities, to discover ideas and express them in the world through music, or story, or through teaching, or leading creative projects.
I am an indigenous composer because I am Māori and am inspired by the possibilities of traditional Māori knowledge and indigenous knowledge generally. I am deeply interested in what traditional Māori knowledge and Māori history and experience holds for my practice as a composer. Finally, I am an indigenous composer because of my interest in indigeneity itself, its inherent wisdom and what it offers the world.
Creativity, for me, is about seeking, finding and experiencing the wonder. I am passionate about music and story (composing and performing) ideas and philosophy (writing, researching and teaching) and leading creative projects particularly with respect to indigenous arts, knowledge and culture in Aotearoa-New Zealand.