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Meeting Points Series: Hand to Earth

  • The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne 100 Saint Kilda Road St Kilda, VIC, 3182 Australia (map)

Featuring Daniel Wilfred (Arnhem Land) - voice, Sunny Kim (Korea) - voice, Peter Knight - trumpet and electronics

Presented as part of Asia TOPA

Three musicians. One sound.

One of Korea’s most sought after jazz vocalists Sunny Kim, Yolngu song-man Daniel Wilfred and multidisciplinary musician and trumpeter Peter Knight return for their third collaboration, Hand to Earth.

Together they sing of the stars, of fire, and of the cooling rain, against Knight’s floating trumpet notes and electronic crackles. Their effortless collaboration spans continents and cultures, expressing a deeply human commonality.

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.

Their voices meld into the electronic atmosphere created by Knight (Artistic Director, Australian Art Orchestra) who draws on the minimalism of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell to create a bed for these beautifully contrasting voices.

Following the overwhelming success of The Hearkening(2017) and Hand to Earth (2018), the trio’s latest collaboration represents contemporary Australia at its best; sophisticated, inclusive, diverse, and forward looking.