The Hearkening

A part of the Meeting Points Concert Series at Arts Centre Melbourne

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Saturday 23 September, 6:30pm

Duration: 2 hours, including interval

Hamer Hall, Bombini Buzz Mezzanine

 

CREATIVE TEAM 

Featuring the extraordinary talents of Korean p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong, traditional songmen from Arnhem Land David and Daniel Wilfred, Korean jazz and experimental star Sunny Kim, along with acclaimed Australian improvisers Peter Knight and Chris Hale. They will be joined by special guests from AAO’s Creative Music Intensive series, held annually in the highlands of Tasmania.

The Hearkening is co-curated by young composer and improviser Bianca Gannon and Peter Knight, Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Photography by Toby Frost and Bae Il Dong

Please note The Hearkening is now SOLD OUT. 

The Hearkening is the first concert in an ongoing series presented by the Australian Art Orchestra at Arts Centre Melbourne.

In a series of intimate concerts, Meeting Points brings together unexpected musical styles to create electrifying collaborations. Featuring an incredible line-up of international artists accompanied by Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra.

In September’s concert, song traditions from Arnhem Land meet Korean street opera.

In an hypnotic celebration of intercultural music, The Hearkening brings together two of the most distinct vocal practices in the world: Yolngu manikay (song) tradition from north east Arnhem Land, and Korean p’ansori ‘street opera'. It’s safe to say, you will have never heard anything like this before.

Featuring the extraordinary talents of Korean p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong, traditional songmen from Arnhem Land David and Daniel Wilfred, Korean jazz and experimental star Sunny Kim, along with acclaimed Australian improvisers Peter Knight and Chris Hale. They will be joined by special guests from AAO’s Creative Music Intensive series, held annually in the highlands of Tasmania.

With vocals that sound as if they are rising from the earth, this mesmerising performance will immerse you in a world of storytelling and improvisation.

ABOUT KOREAN P’ANSORI

The p’ansori tradition involves years of isolated practice in the mountains spent singing into waterfalls to develop volume and intensity. Bae Il Dong lived with a waterfall in Korea. He slept and ate next to it, sat with it, and sung against this waterfall for 7 years in order to produce the incredible sound audiences at Meeting Points will experience.

ABOUT YOLGNU MANIKAY

Yolgnu manikay is one of the oldest continuously practiced music traditions in the world and consists of a series of songs, passed down through generations from the ancestral beings that originally shaped and named the Yolngu homelands in Arnhem Land. These are sacred ritual songs, but are also songs about the land, and the plants, animals, people and spirits that inhabit it.