Twilight Musical Dialogues - AUSTRALIA, September 15
Time: 6pm wine tasting for 7-8pm concert
Ticket: Adult $35 . Concession $20 . Family of 4 $80 . Student rush at the door pending availability
Twilight Musical Dialogues Goes WalkaboutWith a Journey into the Unexplored Heart of Australia
Friday September 15, 7-8pm at Adamstown Uniting Church
The exciting continuation of Sally Walker’s creative musings on the music cultures of 5 different continents, takes Twilight Musical Dialogues on a musical exploration of the uncharted heart of Australia. This fourth recital of the series is simply called “Australia”. It brings together great Australian musical talent, from the Indigenous to the Multi-Cultural, in celebration of the dramatic landscape, and great cultural diversity that gives structure to the intricate musical tapestry of our great Southern Land.
In Australia you will hear echoes of a rich ancestry - from ancient indigenous culture, through generations of those who travelled far to make a home here. The result is a concert as captivating and unpredictable as the vast Australian landscape itself, which has so profoundly influenced the art and music of our remote continent.
The program revolves around Aria-Award winning Australian composer Sally Whitwell’s Road Trip, which charts the journey north from Sydney to Newcastle by train, musically. Of Chinese-Malay and British bloodlines herself, Whitwell draws a parallel between the transient landscapes of the physical journey and artistic evolution.
“Road Trip is a motivic evolution that evolves and extends and transforms itself, in the way a silver bullet of a train snakes its way through shifting landscapes – from urban to suburban and mountainous bushland that tumbles down into the Hawkesbury River – to emerge in the steel heart of Newcastle.” Sally Whitwell
Port Stephens’ own young Worimi/Gamilaroi Jacob Ridgeway draws on a rich, local heritage to acknowledge the original custodians of the land. He will open with his original song, “Bullyman”; a musical story-telling inspired by an elder from The Stolen Generation. Sally Walker consulted with a number of indigenous musicians to grow the program organically – from the music of the First Nationals.
Educated in a Canberra school where 52 nations were represented, Sally Waker has been acutely aware of the great diversity of our nation, since the age of 5. Her father is of Anglo-Indian descent, with Welsh origins on her mother’s side.
“The many cultural influences on Australian music are what made this concert so exciting to develop,” Sally Walker says. “Geographically, we are closer to Asia than Europe, so its not surprising that Indonesian Gamelan as well as Indian and Japanese traditions have captured the imaginations of our contemporary composers.”
A life-long fascination with South East Asian culture shaped Anne Boyd’s Red Sun Chill Wind which features traditional Japanese poetry known as Haiku .
Compelled to create since the age of 8, from impressions of the immensity of the Australian landscape gained during early years on a remote sheep station in Central Queensland, for Boyd, composing is both spiritual and meditative.
“Through the Haiku, this music speaks of the boldness and indifference of the elements,” Sally Walker says. “A poignant soundscape is created by overblown trills, blown into the open lid of a piano, adding to the drama of the musical experience.”
Sarah Monk has been selected as Featured Young Artist for this recital, in-keeping with Sally’s commitment to developing the series as a gateway for emerging local talent. Accompanied by Indian born Carnatic musician Nikhil Chandran, Monk explores a form of East-West fusion, that enticed her to study the Southern Indian Venu in India.
“To assemble such a rich representation of Australia’s cultural and musical diversity, for an intimate performance at a little church in Adamstown, has been a wonderful journey.” Sally Walker says. “Sally Whitwell has only recently returned from an extensive tour of the Baltic and Iceland with Gondwana Choirs, performing her original work Lux Aeterna, while Cyrus Meurant’s growing reputation for theatre and dance scores has been embraced, the world over.”
Concert-goers will be treated to selections from the signature work of Cyrus Meurant’s Monday to Friday, that was created in response to a bid by Beaumont Care Dementia Facilities to harness the healing power of music for their patients.
And to conclude - an original work written for and dedicated to Geoffrey Collins (one of Sally’s teachers}, by eminent Australian composer Carl Vine (AO).
The Twilight Musical Dialogues have brought a taste of internationally acclaimed local flautist, Sally Walker’s world of music to her home town of Newcastle. For Sally, the recital series has so far been a highly successful and rewarding first endeavour as Artistic Director.
There will be an informal reception with Artistic Director, Sally Walker, and guest performers exclusively for concert-goers, immediately following the performance. Concert tickets are just $35 adult, $25 concession or $80 for a family of 4, with student-rush pricing at the door, pending availability. Immerse in the complete Twilight Musical Dialogues experience, with a complimentary wine tasting on arrival, with Newcastle’s own Inner City Winemakers Lucille Sparkling, Tyrrells Hunter Valley Chardonnay and Hunter Valley Shiraz and The Cellar Collection Vintage Blend.
Twilight Musical Dialogues AUSTRALIAArtistic Director Sally Walker
Friday September 15, 2017
6pm complimentary wine tasting for 7pm concert, duration 1hour.
Adamstown Uniting Church
228 Brunker Road, Adamstown
Bookings: www.Trybooking.com/NXSI Enquiries: 0423223603
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