Kimberley Echoes

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‘Smell the saltwater breeze and see that red dirt swirling…’ Mojowire

Kimberley Echoes is a powerful cross-cultural celebration created over five years of musical collaboration and experiences across the Kimberley, its landscapes and its people, brought to life by The Narli Ensemble. Curated by Tura New Music, The Narli Ensemble has evolved featuring Aboriginal artists Mark Atkins (didgeridoo/vocals) and Stephen Pigram (vocals/guitarist) with cellist Tristen Parr, violinist Erkki Veltheim, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, percussionist Joe Talia and flautist Tos Mahoney.

Songs by Pigram and Atkins, arranged by this unique ensemble, are juxtaposed with new music reflecting the complexity and beauty of the Kimberley. Collaborations with local artists, experiences of traditional Joonba song and dance, and touring through the provocative Kimberley landscape have all weaved their influence into this work.

Special guests include Gabriel Nodea, Gija Elder (Warmun), William Barton and Bart Willoughby. Nodea will tell his Warmun story to new music, set to a projected image of his Warmun story painting. Barton has been part of Tura’s remote Touring program since 2007 and Willoughby is an Aboriginal music icon who was part of the 2017 Echoes Tour.

‘Superb concert…moving and meaningful.’ The West Australian

The 2019 Kimberley Echoes Tour is made possible by the support of Playing Australia, the national regional and remote touring funding program of the Australia Council.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Tura New Music


The Narli Ensemble

Stephen Pigram Guitar, ukulele, vocals
Mark Atkins Didgeridoo, guitar, vocals
Erkki Veltheim Violin
Stephen Magnusson Guitar
Tristen Parr Cello
Joe Talia Percussion
Tos Mahoney Flute

Guest artists

Gabriel Nodea
Bart Willoughby
William Barton


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