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Photo: Tobias Titz

Presented as part of Asia TOPA, Hand to Earth features one of Korea’s most sought after jazz vocalists Sunny Kim, Yolngu song-man from North East Arnhem Land Daniel Wilfred and multidisciplinary musician Peter Knight. Together they sing of the stars, of fire and of the cooling rain against Knight’s floating trumpet notes and electronic crackles.

Wilfred sings in language and is the keeper of Yolngu manikay (songs) from North East Arnhem Land. These songs can be traced back over 40,000 years and is the oldest continuously practised music tradition in the world. Kim sings in English and Korean and intones wordless gestures that invoke raw elemental forces.

Together their effortless collaboration spans continents and cultures, expressing a deeply human commonality. Following the overwhelming success of The Hearkening (2017) and Hand to Earth (2018), this trio represents contemporary Australia at its best: sophisticated, inclusive, diverse, and forward looking.

This performance is the third Meeting Points Series work, and is a creative collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). The series is an intimate collection of concerts bringing together musical styles from across the globe in unexpected collaborations curated by Artistic Director Peter Knight.

Photo: Tobias Titz

The Australian Art Orchestra’s work, under the leadership of daring composer, trumpeter, and sound artist Peter Knight, constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures.

It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates music that traverse the continuum between improvised and notated forms.

Offering a diverse and one-of-a-kind musical offering, Meeting Points Series: Hand to Earth as part of Asia TOPA on this February!


Dates: 23 February 2020

Location: The Pavilion - 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Time: 5pm

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