with special guest William Crighton



Known for his deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity, Melbourne-based via Arnhem Land, singer-songwriter and ARIA Award nominee Gawurra makes his Melbourne Recital Centre debut.

After catapulting onto the music stage nationally last year, Gawurra’s beliefs and personal journey are embedded deeply in his songs, which not only tell an Indigenous story, but an Australian story.

Gawurra wrote and recorded his debut album Ratja Yaliyali in Alice Springs, capturing a snapshot of remote Australia. The sparse soundscapes render a cohesive album that is as organic as it is contemporary, with the understated production of Northern Territory-based artist and producer Broadwing lending a subtle electronic influence to the tracks.

Following its release in 2016, Ratja Yaliyali won Gawurra four National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) including New Talent of the Year, Album of the Year, Cover Art and Film Clip. Gawurra is also the winner of Northern Territory’s Song of the Year Award for the album’s title track; he’s supported Peter Garrett at Darwin Festival, is an ARIA Award nominee, has performed at BIGSOUND, and played key slots at the NIMAs, The Age Music Victoria Awards, Sacred Edge Festival and Federation Square.

Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is a future Elder in his island community, who draws on traditional Gupapungu language songs in creating his contemporary music. Already inspiring comparisons with renowned musician Dr. G. Yunupingu, Gawurra’s culture, songlines, personal journey and musical understanding are embedded deep within his soulful voice and moving songwriting, shining through in every performance.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and 123 Agency


7.30pm – 8pm: William Crighton
8pm – 8.30pm: Interval
8.30pm – 9.30pm: Gawurra


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