Top musicians join forces for bush tour
■ A star-studded line-up of indigenous musicians is set to take to the stage this Saturday night when the Reflection Tour reaches Munjina.
Organised by not-for-profit music organisation Tura New Music, a travelling cohort of distinguished musicians will wow onlookers at the Auski Roadhouse Oval, from 6.30pm.
Two of Australia’s leading indigenous musicians, William Barton and Stephen Pigram, will headline the show, with support from a raft of talented figures.
Stephen Magnusson (guitars), Tristen Parr (cello), Ron Reeves (percussion), Erkki Veltheim (violin) and a number of local artists, including Stephen “Baamba” Albert, will also attend.
The tour started in Wyndham, with gigs at Emma Gorge and Kununurra.
The Pilbara News caught up recently with Tura New Music artistic director Tos Mahoney, who was enthusiastic about the chance to get so many creative talents in one place.
“I’ve worked with all the artists individually in one way or another and most of them have worked with each other in some capacity over the years, but this is definitely the first time they have all been brought together,” he said.
“They are all composers in their own right, so they will be presenting some of their own work, but with the artists working together it will mean the program evolves as we travel — which is wonderful.”
Mr Mahoney said community workshops were an important part of the tour.
“We’ve been doing that for almost 15 years now and it’s part of the goal of the tour — to give access to the sort of music that the remote communities wouldn’t normally get,” he said.
“The experience of seeing these great performers is inspiring, especially in the Aboriginal communities to see these mentors such as Stephen and William, it shows what’s possible.”
Didgeridoo virtuoso Barton has received global acclaim through his talents and performed at Gallipoli in Turkey this year.
Pilbara audiences will delight in the chance to see North West favourite Pigram, and Mr Mahoney said it would be a unique opportunity to witness the talents of the Kimberley artist.
“This is Stephen within quite a different context and he is actually writing a couple of new songs,” he said.
“To be performing with an ensemble of cello, violin, percussion and guitar with didgeridoo — it’s a totally different sound; soulful and stylish but also celebratory — it is a powerful and totally unique program.”
The tour will hit Port Hedland tomorrow, the Yule River bush meeting on Friday, and Perth.
For more information, visit www.tura.com.au.
Stephen Pigram, Stephen “Baamba” Albert and Tura New Music’s Tos Mahoney.