The result of five years of musical collaboration, Kimberley Echoes is a powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people.
Tura acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to their elders past, present and emerging.
Curated by Tura, Kimberley Echoes 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).
Kimberley Echoes is a meeting of cultural forces, ancient and contemporary. A rich tapestry of uniquely Australian music.
20 November – 3 December 2019
Darwin, Sydney, Bermagui, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bendigo, Melbourne, Canberra
7:30pm Wed Nov 20: The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre
Sat Nov 23: Sydney Opera House forecourt
6.30pm Sun Nov 24: Four Winds Concerts
Wagga Wagga, NSW
7:00pm Mon Nov 25: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
7:30pm Tue Nov 26: Albury Entertainment Centre
8pm Fri Nov 29: Ulumbarra Theatre
7:30pm Sat Nov 30: Melbourne Recital Centre
8pm Tue Dec 3: Canberra Theatre Centre
In Melbourne and Canberra The Narli Ensemble will be joined by guest artists Gija Elder Gabriel Nodea (Warmun community). Nodea will tell his Warmun story to new music, set to a projected image of his Warmun story painting. In Bendigo and Melbourne Bart Willoughby, an Aboriginal music icon who was part of the 2017 Kimberley Echoes Tour, will be special guest artist.
The powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people is a richly varied sonic and visual experience. Footage of Kimberley landscape and work of artists from Art Centre partners will be projected, 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.
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.