Join Larry Gurruwiwi & Malawurr for a winter's evening of Indigenous songlines and special performances with Ad Lib Collective, Council of Elders and Other Places.
Tickets $15 on the door
7.20pm Welcome to Country
7.30pm: Other Places
8.10pm: Council of Elders
8.50pm: Ad Lib Collective w/ Malawurr
ABOUT THE BANDS
Larry Gurruwiwi with his brothers Vernon and Jason, form the Malawurr band from North East Arnhem Land, Australia.
Together they perform ancient Galpu clan songlines (Manikay) and dance ceremonies (Bunggul) carrying thousands of years of stories, tradition and vital knowledge that is deeply connected to the sacred land they live on. “Malawurr” is another name for the Galpu clan family.
Larry is a master Yidaki player and a new custodian of the instrument, his father Djalu is internationally renowned as “Mr Didjeridoo”. For decades Djalu has travelled the world sharing his music to strengthen the culture not just for the “Balanda” (non aboriginal people) but also to inspire new generations of Yolngu at home in Arnhem Land so they can see how the wider world reveres their sound and the crucial knowledge it carries.
Larry and his brothers have performed together since childhood, inspired by Djalu and many generations of ancestors who have passed down the songlines, they are now responsible to share the traditions with future generations.
AD LIB COLLECTIVE
The Ad Lib Collective is a group of performers, composers and creators focused on connecting with audiences through chamber performance, concert curation, community engagement and the creation of new works. Directed by percussionist and composer Thea Rossen, the Collective includes Jesse Deane (saxophone/educator), Jared Yapp (viola/composer) and Hamish Upton (percussion). Ad Lib is influenced by classical and contemporary music and regularly features cross genre collaboration. The ensemble was most recently presented by Play On series Six in a live and electronic music collaboration with EDM artists Sleep D.
With residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada and the Castlemaine Festival in Australia, the Collective have presented works at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Metropolis Festival and Peninsula Summer Music Festival. Ad Lib Collective also run regional and metropolitan outreach workshops for major arts institutions in Victoria and in 2017 developed Drip Drop Play a show for children at Art Play featuring an immersive experience with water and ice.
COUNCIL OF ELDERS
When suffering or malaise affect the Earth or its people, a call is put out to a group of individuals whose sole purpose is to regain and maintain planetary homoeostasis. Known as the Council of Elders, they congregate in a cavern deep under the Earth's crust known to the group as The Womb. On occasion they congregate on the surface of the Earth to give a hint at the their integral pursuit.
Mathew Watson (also known as Other Places) is an Australian composer and musician exploring solo & collaborative sound making with drums and synthesizers.
On the lawns or Workroom 2
7pm - 10.30pm