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Jabiru Dreaming

August, 6Education...

Excited to be presenting “Jabiru Dreaming” family show with DSO string quartet this Saturday August 8 as part of Darwin Festival’s program. There are 4 shows 930am/1045am/1230pm and 145pm. All at Brown’s Mart, Darwin. Love to see you there! Bring the family!

Thanks to young contemporary Kalkadoon artist Chern’ee Sutton for allowing me to use her striking painting! Check out more of her work at cherneesutton.com.au

Walking With Spirits

August, 3Live on stage

Such an honour and a privilege to play and share music out bush at Walking With Sprits festival. Magical location: Beswick Falls, Northern Territory

New release: Across the Top

July, 2Recording

The music of Paul Cutlan featuring “The Noise” & Brett Hirst.

Currently loving listening to Paul Cutlan’s “Across The Top.”

This is an of his music album that I recorded with him last year at Studios 301, Sydney. We had the album launch last week and it was such a pleasure to revisit this music and this group of wonderful musicians now known as “Propinquity.” Mara! And Llew Kiek joined us for the second set adding their world music flavour. An awesome night!

Bravo Paul!

New duo collaboration w/ Djakapurra Munyarryun

June, 30Music

Spent a great afternoon today working with Djakapurra Munyarryun on our new collaboration. This is super exciting for me as we are bringing together violin, yidaki (didjeridu) and voice. Djakapurra is an amazing traditional Yolngu Song-man and today I listened and learned about the Songlines of the Yolngu people from Northeast Arnhemland. We had an impro session and I can’t wait to immerse myself in this sound world.

Inspiration at Kakadu

June, 30Fun

Went bush last week to Kakadu National Park, NT Australia in preparation for an upcoming family show that I am directing for the Darwin festival. The show features “Jabiru Dreaming” by composer Peter Sculthorpe whose musical language was very influenced by his time spent in the area.

This was my first visit to Kakadu and I was immediately struck by it’s vast and ancient beauty. There were very few people about and I occasionally had a gorge or cliff to myself!

I also ventured to Gumbalanya (West ArnhemLand) with an Aboriginal guide where I climbed and crawled to view ancient rock paintings. The area is so green and the water filled with pelicans… oo and fortunately I spotted a Jabiru! An absolute paradise.

 

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