Gorge-ous sounds in Kar­i­jini

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Vis­i­tors to the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence this month will get the chance to wit­ness a unique mo­ment for the West Aus­tralian Symphony Orches­tra when four of its mem­bers take their in­stru­ments down the depths of Kalamini Gorge to join an all-in­dige­nous en­sem­ble and opera per­for­mance.

Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park’s stun­ning Kalam­ina Gorge will pro­vide the back­drop to a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the West Aus­tralian Symphony Orches­tra this month.

WASO is send­ing a string quar­tet up to the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence to play along­side the all-in­dige­nous Wir­larra En­sem­ble in the fa­mous Na­tional Park’s nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre.

WASO ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Fiona Taylor-Hokin said per­form­ing in a gorge would be a first for the WASO on the Road pro­gram.

“As soon as our CEO Craig White­head saw the in­vi­ta­tion he said yes, we are go­ing to make this hap­pen,” she said.

“The nat­u­ral acous­tics will be in­cred­i­ble, plus we are work­ing with a very ex­pe­ri­ence pro­duc­tion team.

“When we get there and the mu­si­cians start play­ing it will be as spe­cial for them as it is for the au­di­ence.”

Ms Taylor-Hokin said the per­for­mance would be a step into the un­known, but the mu­si­cians were ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity.

The quar­tet will be per­form­ing twice in Kalam­ina Gorge with the Wir­larra En­sem­ble, as well as mak­ing an ap­pear­ance with didgeri­doo vir­tu­oso Mark Atkins at the Culi­nary Ex­pe­ri­ence and play­ing at the Kar­i­jini theatre and chil­dren’s events dur­ing the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mak­ing the trip will be vi­o­lin­ists Zak Rown­tree and El­lie Lawrence, vi­o­list Ben Caddy and cel­list Rod McGrath, who con­trib­uted to the score for the orig­i­nal Star Wars movie.

Nin­tirri Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive James Jarvis said having WASO and the Wir­larra En­sem­ble to­gether in a gorge was about as unique an ex­pe­ri­ence as any­one could get.

“I think there’s a cer­tain level of ac­cep­tance from a lo­cal Pil­bara au­di­ence but in­creas­ingly we are see­ing peo­ple from out­side of the Pil­bara see this as an event to travel to,” he said.

“The Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence is about learn­ing about cul­ture, com­mit­ting to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, slow­ing down and lis­ten­ing to the sto­ries and yarns told by Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“The rangers had to deal with fires out at the park re­cently and I think that pro­vides an­other unique story for vis­i­tors to the park that it is not just about the green­ery, it is about re­newal.”

Mr Jarvis said Parks and Wildlife, Gu­mala Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, IBN and the Shire of Ash­bur­ton had pro­vided a lot of sup­port to the fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val of­fers a range of free and tick­eted events from April 11 to 15.

Tick­ets for the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence are avail­able at kar­i­jini­ex­pe­ri­ence.com.

Pic­ture: Luke An­der­son

Savour food and cul­ture at the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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