Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Additional show announced due to popular demand! An evocative journey through Aboriginal language and sublime modern production.
Experience ancient Aboriginal language and sublime modern production as Yirinda invoke the sounds of thousands of generations of story and culture. A collaboration between acclaimed artists, Butchulla songman Fred Leone, and contrabassist Samuel Pankhurst, witness what critics have lauded as a ‘cinematic, sumptuous bridge from past to present and beyond’ (The Guardian). Having captivated listeners at Vivid Festival, Golden Plains, and Mona Foma, the duo takes listeners on an evocative journey as they traverse language, culture, and conventions of Western music.
Performing their stunning single, ‘Yuangan (Dugong)’ from their self-titled debut album, the duo reinterprets a hunting and migratory song of the Butchulla people from the Fraser Coast region. Originally recorded in approximately 1960, this work is preserved by the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.
A soul stirring, string-led experimental composition, Yirinda seamlessly blends ambient soundscapes and classical elements with traditional language in an unmissable performance.
Praise for Yirinda
‘…a cinematic, sumptuous bridge from past to present and beyond.’ – The Guardian
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Fred Leone Vocals/Didge/Guitar
Sam Pankhurst Double bass/Vocals/Glockenspiel/Nagra
Richie Daniell Percussion/SPD SX
Erik Griswold Keyboards/Ableton
See acclaimed artists Butchulla songman Fred Leone and contrabassist Samuel Pankhurst perform their debut album.
Hear evocative melodies sung in the Butchulla language through experimental soundscapes.
Think about how Yirinda merges Aboriginal culture and contemporary musical innovation.
Feel deeply moved, contemplative, and enriched by this experience.
This production is part of the following series:
Saturday 2 March 2024 7pm & 9pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval) Please note, running times are approximate and subject to change.
Standard $37 ($30 Concession)
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Mobtix are available for this concert.
Mobtix is a special allocation of tickets that allows First Nations peoples both within and outside Australia access to a discounted rate for certain concerts. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Australia are eligible, as well as Māori, Pasifika, and First Nations people from other countries.
To book, simply select the Mobtix price type. This price type is subject to availability.