Top mu­si­cians join forces for bush tour

Pilbara News - - News - Gareth McKnight

■ 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.

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Pic­ture: Jalaru Pho­tog­ra­phy

Stephen Pi­gram, Stephen “Baamba” Al­bert and Tura New Mu­sic’s Tos Ma­honey.

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