Composing Songlines: A celebration of First Nations composers
Celebrating the unique music which has been created by First Nations Australian composers in the past 5 years as part of Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program, this special concert featuring the compact chamber force of Ensemble Offspring places these ancient musical voices reflecting land, nature, history and deep culture at the forefront of living art music in Australia.
Curated and performed by Ensemble Offspring, Composing Songlines features chamber music works by celebrated First Nations composers including Rhyan Clapham (aka Dobby - Murrawarri), Troy Russell (Biripai/Gamillaroi), Nardi Simpson (from the Stiff Gins - Yuwaalaraay), Brenda Gifford (Yuin) and Eric Avery (Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr).
A special Q&A session with the artists led by Sydney Opera House Head of First Nations Programming, Beau James, will follow the performance.
We recognise all the significant partners in the creation of Ngarra-Burria including Moogahlin Performing Arts, Australian Music Centre, Eora College and Australian National University and we pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which the Sydney Opera House sits, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds flute, clarinet, vibraphone (2020)
Nardi Simpson – Blaktopia flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2020)
Nardi Simpson – Wilga’s Last Dance arr. flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2019)
Brenda Gifford – Plover Bird flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2017)
Brenda Gifford – Bardju alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2017)
Brenda Gifford – Mungala for flute & percussion (2019)
Rhyan Clapham – Pitara Yaan Muruwariki (2017)
Troy Russell – Nucoorilma flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2017)
Troy Russell – Hymn Tune flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2018)
Troy Russell – New Home flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2018)
Eric Avery – Gliding for flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello (2020)
Claire Edwardes, Percussion/Artistic Director
Jason Noble, Clarinets
Lamorna Nightingale, Flutes
Freya Schack-Arnott, Cello
Please note: This concert will be recorded.
Presented by Sydney Opera House