ELISION + Ngulmiya


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Experience spine-tingling ancient vocals paired with rare and fantastical sonic visions.

In this double bill performance featuring First Nations artist Ngulmiya and Australian ensemble ELISION, traditional sounds and boundary-pushing music come to life on stage.


In a performance brimming with Australian and World premieres, ELISION’s expertise and commitment to commissioning and sharing new music is on full display. The only Australian ensemble capable of presenting works of this scale, ELISION unites Australian musicians scattered around the world and brings them home to create an unforgettable experience for audiences.

Described as a ‘brilliant Australian ensemble’ (New York Times) and renowned for expanding musical possibilities, ELISION presents the Australian premieres of Liza Lim’s Speak, Be Silent and Aaron Cassidy’s Self-Portrait, Three Times, Standing (15.3.1991- 20.3.1991) alongside the World premieres of Richard Barrett’s tomorrow and Mary Bellamy’s Radial Lines in a performance featuring an ensemble of more than 20 artists.


Described as the ‘owner of a voice capable of making you leave your body’, Ngulmiya’s internationally celebrated singing stems from a tradition that has developed over many thousands of years, on the remote coast of Arnhem Land.

In his debut Melbourne Recital Centre performance, Ngulmiya presents stories and songs from his National Indigenous Music Award-winning self-titled, debut album. Using emotive, and minimalist arrangements including strings, piano, and synth as the base, and with his son and Arnhem Land songman, Nayurryurr Nundhirribala, by his side, this captivating performance of stories of ancient Australia and Nusantara puts his language, Wubuy, on centre stage.

Generously supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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Daryl Buckley Artistic Director
Paula Rae flute
Peter Veale oboe
Dario Scalabrini clarinets
James Aylward bassoon
Joshua Hyde saxophones
Deepa Goonetilleke horn
Tristram Williams trumpets
Benjamin Marks trombones
Stan McDonald tuba
Marshall McGuire harp
Alex Waite piano
Peter Neville percussion
Aditya Bhat Ryan percussion
Harry Ward violin
Madeleine Jevons violin
Anthony Chataway viola
Freya Schack-Arnott violoncello
Kathryn Schulmeister contrabass
Rohan Dasika contrabass
Aaron Cassidy conductor
Alistair McLean sound engineer

Ngulmiya Nundhirribala vocals
Nayurryurr Nundhirribala vocals and Lhambilgbilg (Didj)
Luke Howard piano
Anthony Gray acoustic bass
Maharshi Raval tabla
Lucy Warren violin
Ruby Paskas violin
Phoebe Green viola
Charlotte Jacke cello

Program & Set Times


Aaron Cassidy
Self-Portrait, Three Times, Standing (15.3.1991- 20.3.1991) – Australian Premiere

Richard Barrett
tomorrow – World Premiere

Mary Bellamy
Radial Lines – World Premiere

Liza Lim
Speak, Be Silent – Australian Premiere

Songs by Ngulmiya

Set Times

7pm – 8.25pm: ELISION
8.25pm – 8.55pm: Interval
8.55pm – 10pm: Ngulmiya


This production is part of the following series: