“Superb concert… moving and meaningful” The West Australian.
Tura New Music will take Kimberley Echoes to Victoria, ACT, NT and NSW in November and December. The powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people is the result of five years of development and regional and remote touring in the region.
The tour will commence in the Northern Territory on November 20 at the Darwin Entertainment Centre and will then head east to Four Winds Concerts in Bermagui November 24, Dance Rites – Sydney Opera House November 23, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre November 25, Albury Entertainment Centre November 26, Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo November 29, Melbourne Recital Centre November 30, concluding at the Canberra Theatre Centre on December 3. Over the next two years the production will head to Asia and Europe.
Curated by Tura, the highly acclaimed production features The Narli Ensemble (Nar-lee) in a close collaboration between high profile First Nation artists and some of the country’s finest instrumentalists, Mark Atkins (didgeridoo virtuoso and singer) Stephen Pigram (guitar and vocals), violinist Erkki Veltheim, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, cellist Tristen Parr, percussionist Joe Talia and flautist Tos Mahoney (Tura Founder and Artistic Director).
In Bendigo, Melbourne and Canberra The Narli Ensemble will be joined by guest artists Gija Elder Gabriel Nodea (Warmun community) and Bart Willoughby. Nodea will tell his Warmun story to new music, set to a projected image of his Warmun story painting. Willoughby is an Aboriginal music icon who was part of the 2017 Kimberley Echoes Tour.
The powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people is a richly varied sonic and visual experience. Awe inspiring footage of Kimberley landscape and work of artists from Art Centre partners will be projected onto huge screens, immersing audiences in the spirit of the Kimberley.
Songs by Pigram and Atkins, arranged by this unique ensemble, are juxtaposed with new music created by the collaboration all reflecting the complexity and beauty of the Kimberley. Collaborations with local artists, experiences of traditional Joonba song and dance and touring through the provocative Kimberley landscape have all weaved their influence into this work and program.
“Kimberley Echoes is a celebration of connection and difference – the collaboration of seven very diverse artists on country, across time. With two of those artists being such iconic advocates of Aboriginal culture, alongside the many in-community Aboriginal artists we have collaborated with, the process has been one of empowering two-way learning. The result is a powerful juxtaposition of style and content interwoven with heartfelt humanity.” – Tos Mahoney – Founder and Artistic Director, Tura New Music
A special edition CD by the same name will be available during the Tour, whilst post tour new recordings and videos will be available online. Recent Echoes Tours of the Kimberley will feature in a documentary film by award-winning film maker James Bogle, planned for national and international release in 2020.
Tura New Music is an Australian producer and an advocate for new music and the sonic arts. Founded in 1987, Tura has a proud history of achievement in initiating cultural development from inner cities to remote communities across the country. We support, advocate and ignite new music and sound art with a fresh perspective.
The 2019 Kimberley Echoes Tour is made possible by the support of Playing Australia, the national regional and remote touring funding program of the Australia Council.
Tura’s annual programs are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in association with Lotterywest.
Kimberley Echoes – The Narli Ensemble 2019 National Tour
The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre
7:30pm Wednesday November 20
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Dance Rites, Sydney Opera House
Saturday November 23
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Four Winds Concerts
6:30pm Sunday November 24
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
7pm Monday November 25
Albury Entertainment Centre
7:30pm Tuesday November 26
8pm Friday November 29
Melbourne Recital Centre
7.30pm Saturday November 30
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Canberra Theatre Centre
8pm Tuesday December 3
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For tickets and more information: tura.com.au