In a collaboration that spans continents and cultures, the Australian Art Orchestra pushes the boundaries of musical form and plays in the spaces between cultural practices. In Hand To Earth, Yolngu songman Daniel Wilfred as the keeper of ‘manikay’ (songs) from South East Arnhem Land, brings the voices of his people tracing back over 40,000 years. While Sunny Kim - one of Korea’s most sought-after jazz vocalists - uses her voice and wordless gestures to invoke raw elemental forces.
Against a backdrop created by trumpeter/composer Peter Knight, David Yipininy Wilfred on yidaki and Aviva Endean on clarinet, Sunny and Daniel sing of timeless things – from the stars, to fire, to the cooling rain. Weaving their voices into minimalist soundscapes reminiscent of Brain Eno and Jon Hassell, their interplay and improvisation creates an immediate expression of contemporary Australia.
A reflection of the past caught vividly in the present, Hand To Earth is a contrasting yet beautiful invitation to share culture and learn from each other.
Australian Art Orchestra
Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 7:30PM
Built in 1913, this this regal old theatre has long been an affectionate favourite with Adelaide theatregoers.
It was first known as the Tivoli, and the opening night featured the great Lili Langtrey, "the Jersey Lily". Over the years the theatre has played a colourful role in South Australian theatre history. It is now managed by the Adelaide Festival Centre, enjoying a new life as the renovated Her Majesty's.
The theatre seats 1009 people.