We begin before time. Ritual chant from Arnhem Land carried by young Australians who, despite their age, are leaders in song and culture. Here, ancient rites morph into contemporary Australian song. And somewhere in between, a halo of sound from exquisite instruments, the flicker of time we call Western European culture. Traditional Yolngu chant, contemporary songs by Emma Donovan and Emily Wurramara, works by Bach, Mudarra, Simpson, and variations on Folia, Gaytas and others, performed by the indigenous singers and entire instrumental ensemble.
John Rodgers (b. 1962) arr. E. Veltheim (b.1976): Carolling 1 (2019) Traditional Yolngu chant John Rodgers arr. E. Veltheim: Carolling 2 (2019) John Rodgers arr. E. Veltheim: Hear Me and Remember Folia variations Alessandro Piccinini (1566-1638): Toccata VI Christopher Simpson (1602/1606-1669): Prelude in E minor Henry Purcell (1659-1695): The Fairy-Queen Z.629: Act 5: Prelude–Chaconne
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067: Ouverture—Rondeau—Sarabande—Bourée—Polonaise—Menuet—Bainerie Emma Donovan (b.1981) with Julien Wilson, arr. A. Keller (b. 1973): Giidany Emily Wurramara (b. 1996) arr. E. Veltheim: Ngarrukwujenama Passacaglia variations Alonso Mudarra (ca. 1510-1580): Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico Emily Wuramarra arr. E. Veltheim: Ementha-Papaguneray (Turtle Song) Gaytas variations Archie Roach (b. 1956) arr. A. Keller: Gungalaira Traditional Yolngu chant
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Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. Commissioned work supported by the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
ARTISTS Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, voice David Yipininy Wilfred, yidaki Emma Donovan, voice Emily Wurramara, voice Alice Skye, voice Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque guitar Thomas Gould, violin Brendan Joyce, violin Caroline Henbest, viola Daniel Yeadon, cello Kirsty McCahon, double bass Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord, chamber organ Marshall McGuire, harp Jane Gower, baroque bassoon Genevieve Lacey, recorder Erkki Veltheim, violin, electric violin Andrea Keller, piano Joe Talia, drums Jim Atkins, sound design
Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, voice and David Yipininy Wilfred, yidaki
Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred and David Yipininy Wilfred of the Nyilipidgi country, north-east of Ngukurr in Australia’s Arnhem Land, are custodians of this ancestral land and the traditional manikay (shared song series and dance). They share their culture through yidaki (didjeridu), bilma (clapsticks), voice and dance. Their 2016 release Nyilipidgi with Paul Grabowsky and the Monash Art Ensemble “presents an almost transcendental integration of the two: jazz and Wagilak manikay have a shared foundation in the musical and aesthetic principles of freedom and expression; the rhythmic groove of their respective instrumentations further add a sense of shared time.”
Emma Donovan, voice
Acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter Emma Donovan is best known for her work with soul band The Putbacks and The Black Arm Band project. Emma has toured and recorded with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Spinifex Gum, Christine Anu, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little, and Paul Kelly among others. On her mother’s side, Emma is part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbainggir people in what is now Northern New South Wales.
Emily Wurramara, voice
ARIA nominated Wanindilyakwa woman from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, Emily uses her music to share her language and culture with the world. Singing in both English and Anindilyakwa, Emily’s music explores the contrasting themes of her two worlds - the island and the city, steeped in the sand, salt and concrete of her family, community and culture.
Alice Skye, voice
Singer songwriter Alice Skye is emerging as a formidable talent within the Australian Indigenous music scene. Since the beginning of 2015, Alice has been garnering attention for original songs that sparkle with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years. After her debut album 'Friends with Feelings' premiered on ABC Local programs across the country, Alice has been capturing the hearts of punters and industry alike.
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba
Paolo Pandolfo constant effort is to build bridges between the Past and the Present, always bringing in his performances, together with rigorous philological interpretation, spontaneous and immediate life. He is convinced that the patrimony of ancient music combined with renewed improvisation skills can be of powerful inspiration for the future of the western musical tradition.
Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque gitar
One of the world’s foremost lute players, Eduardo Egüez has performed as soloist in venues and festivals all over the world. Mr Egüez has recorded 5 solo albums featuring music by J.S. Bach, S.L. Weiss and R. de Visée. He leads the Ensemble La Chimera, and has conducted several operas, among them Torrejón y Velazco’s La púrpura de la rosa and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
Thomas Gould, violin
British violinist Thomas Gould has forged an unusually varied career that encompasses directing, leading, playing concertos, chamber and new music, and also working in jazz and other non-classical genres. He has performed in Australia extensively before as guest director of ACO Collective and guest principal 2nd violin in ACO, soloist with WASO, and on tour with the UK’s Aurora Orchestra.
Brendan Joyce, violin
Brendan Joyce is Violinist, Leader and Artistic Director of Camerata--Queensland's acclaimed chamber orchestra, based in Brisbane. He curates the ensemble’s renowned programming and his leadership of Camerata has been described in The Australian as “indefatigable”, having led its first recordings, tours, broadcasts, residencies and collaborations. In 2013 he was named by the Queensland State government as a Culture Champion.
Caroline Henbest, viola
Caroline is based in Melbourne and is on the resident faculty at ANAM where she teaches the viola and chamber music. As a performer, she can regularly be heard around Australia including at the Stradbroke Island, Music By the Springs and Townsville Festivals. Caroline is a part time member of the ACO.
Daniel Yeadon, cello
Daniel Yeadon is exceptionally versatile as a cellist and viola da gamba player and is a passionate chamber musician. He is currently a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in addition he enjoys a part time role as a performer and educator in the ACO.
Kirsty McCahon, double bass
Bass player, educator, curator, environmentalist, mother and passionate advocate for the arts. Kirsty’s artistic practice is inspired by the universal language of the arts across old and new forms. From the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, to the Brodsky Quartet, to the Australian World Orchestra, and collaborations with luminaries such as David Malouf and Elena Kats-Chernin, Kirsty is recognised as one of Australia’s finest with a Churchill Fellowship and a Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.
Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord & chamber organ
Neal Peres Da Costa is Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A world-recognised performing scholar, his publications include Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP, 2012), Brahms’s Duo Sonatas for Bärenreiter (2015/16) and numerous commercial recordings. Recipient of an ARIA Fine Arts award (2008), he is chief investigator in an ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019).
Marshall McGuire, Baroque triple harp & harp
Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading harpists in contemporary and baroque repertoire, Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. He has performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and the Australia Ensemble.
Jane Gower, Baroque bassoon
Jane specialises in historical bassoon performance, ranging from the 17th century dulcian to early 20th century instruments. She plays as principal bassoon with Europe and Australia's leading ensembles, also often as a soloist, using her vast collection of original bassoons. Highly active in chamber music, she founded the quartet "island", and directed festivals in the Barossa Valley, SA.
Genevieve Lacey, recorder
Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people. She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.
Erkki Veltheim, violin, electric violin
Erkki Veltheim (b. 1976 Finland) is an Australian composer and performer, whose practice spans improvisation, notated music, electroacoustic composition, audio visual installation and multidisciplinary performance. His works have been performed by London Sinfonietta, defunensemble (Finland), Soundstream Collective and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and he has collaborated closely on multiple projects with fellow musicians Anthony Pateras, Scott Tinkler and Gurrumul Yunupingu.
Andrea Keller, piano
Andrea Keller is a pianist and composer dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music. She has devised and produced a multitude of eclectic projects, and been lauded with multiple ARIA, Australian Jazz Bell, and Art Music Awards, as well as an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.
Joe Talia, drums
Australian drummer, composer and record producer-engineer, Joe Talia has established his reputation in the contemporary jazz and improvised music fields. He is an active member of the ARIA award-winning Andrea Keller Quartet, and has worked alongside Ned Collette, Yuko Kono and Francis Plagne. Known for his adventurous, exploratory drumming, his long-standing musical partnership with Ned Collette has resulted in four records, most recently Networking in Purgatory.
Jim Atkins, sound design
Jim Atkins designs and mixes sound for a host of live and recorded situations nationally and internationally. Recent highlights include One Infinity (Melbourne Festival); The Black Rider (Victorian Opera/Malthouse); En Masse and Pleasure Garden (Sydney Festival/ National Sawdust NY); Armand Van Helden (MSO); Satan Jawa (AsiaTOPA/ Berlin Festival); Between 8&9 (Chamber Made).