Two Oceans / Into the Fire

CREATIVE TEAM

Musical Directors 
Adrian Sherriff, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani

A collaboration with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and the Sruthi Laya Ensemble


This is arguably Australia’s most demonstrably outstanding success story in terms of cross-cultural collaboration on which we should continue to build"

- Suzanne E Davies, RMIT Gallery

 

 

 

Concept

One of the primary aims of the Australian Art Orchestra has been to create situations allowing for a free and open exchange of musical and dramatic ideas between different cultures and traditions. This project is one such exchange. The AAO has been collaborating with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani (one of the greatest exponents of the complexities of Carnatic music) on this project, since 1996. From this point on, this project has been performed throughout India, Europe, Australia and Asia; wowing audiences throughout the world with its intoxicating blend of music, percussion and dance, producing new works under the titles The Chennai Sessions, Into The Fire and Two Oceans.

The rhythmic intricacies and improvising practices that reside at the core of both the South Indian Carnatic tradition and the Western jazz tradition are revealed in this program in virtuosic splendour. Rich in power, beauty and originality, this collaborations explores a new style of music built on the rock solid foundation of the Carnatic tradition with Western interpretations, performed both on South Indian and Western instruments.

 

TOURING HISTORY

2013
- Encounters: India Festival, Griffith University, Brisbane

2012
- India Tour with The Hindu November Fest: Coimbatore, Chennai, Hyderabad
- Daya. On Kindness: Australia India Cultural Exchange: Deli
- Encounters: India Festival, Griffith University, Brisbane

2010
- Parramasala Festival of South Asian Arts, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

2009
- Melbourne Recital Centre; Oz Asia Festival, Adelaide; Griffith University, Queensland

2008
- India Tour: Hyderabad, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai

2007
- India Tour: Hyderabad, Mumbai Arts Festival, Kolkata, Bangalore

2003
- Hamer Hall, Melbourne International Arts Festival

2000
- European Tour: Australia Celebrates: Heads Up, London, World Expo, Hanover, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Archa Theatre, Prague, Pori International Jazz Festival, Finland

1998
- Ironbank Music Camp, South Australia, Adelaide Festival of the Arts

1997
-  Wangaratta Jazz Festival

1996
- India Tour: New Dehli, Mumbai, Kolkata