Etica Ensemble is a Perth based chamber ensemble featuring some of Western Australia’s finest instrumentalists under the Direction of Jon Tooby. Established in 2010 to provide Western Australian audiences, composers and musicians with a world-class new music chamber ensemble, Etica bring uncompromising finesse and authority to its performances. For Sounds Outback (…to Reef ) Etica has created a special ensemble featuring Rachael Aquilina, Philip Everall, Anna Sarcich, Rebecca Smith and Aaron Wyatt.
“glittering with fine detail and tonal colour” The West Australian
Now celebrating its 25th year, WAAPA’s award-winning Defying Gravity percussion ensemble creates a new world of sound – where sparkling rhythms and seductive melodies mix with an astonishing array of percussion instruments from around the globe. Defying Gravity is one of Australia’s longest-established and most active new music ensembles, and has developed a national following through its recordings and broadcasts on ABC Classic FM. Defying Gravity performs an eclectic selection of music combining exotic timbres with melodic beauty and the overwhelming power of rhythm – plus all the fun of ‘Stomp’!
Defying Gravity performers: Elizabeth Aitken, Imogen Stacey, Rosie Taylor, Euphina Yap
The ever inventive and rigorously playful composer, improvisor, virtuoso, curator, writer, sound artist, myth breaker Jon Rose continues to challenge the status quo of music and cultural practice around the globe.
Pundara Performance Group
Pundara is the Yinggarda word for ‘star’ and is Carnarvon’s very own Indigenous contemporary dance troupe. It is comprised of emerging professional dancers Janine Oxenham, Candy Dia and Bianca Whitby with didgeridoo artist Darren Capewell.
Stephen Pigram is a singer and musician who plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, requinto, vahlia, ukulele and dulcimer. He is one seventh of the country folk/rock band The Pigram Brothers, whose album Saltwater Country was voted Best Debut Album at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Sydney in 1998. Stephen has been a member of legendary Broome bands Kuckles and Scrap Metal and he was musical director for the original production of the first Aboriginal musical, Bran Nue Dae.