QPAC’s Concert Hall was transformed into an audio-visual delight with the much anticipated The Bigger Picture, featuring Sachém and Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra.
A multi-talented storyteller, wordsmith and leader, Sachém anchors his contemporary sound in music and spoken word poetry, weaving in theatrical elements of dance, visual projection, and film to bring to life a hard-hitting, self-empowered theatre show that celebrated First Nations lives in a Reconciliation Week performance at QPAC.
The Aboriginal and African-American artist’s unique sound is born from his life experiences growing up between Adelaide and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), where he listened to the stories told by his grandmother, aunties, uncles, and parents.
Joining Sachém for The Bigger Picture was the award-winning 22-piece Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra. Beginning as Matt’s solo multi-instrumental offbeat tinkering, Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra has grown to one of Australia’s most respected ensembles. Challenging the pomp and formality of classical orchestras, the group is a DIY anti-racist ensemble underpinned by community-minded inclusivity, comprising of 20+ BIPOC, First Nations, disabled, non-binary and trans artists.
Guest artists on the night also included rappers Grandmaster Absent and Nerve, and beatbox extraordinaire Tom Thum.
An illuminating pre-concert Q&A was held with Sachém, Dr Matt Hsu, Producer Nicole Reilly, Creative Producer Kyel Golly and Creative Shan Jacobe, all involved with the making of the show. Emceed by Dr Chelsea Watego, audiences were invited to hear about the artist stories woven with music, culture, and personal journeys behind The Bigger Picture.
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The Bigger Picture was originally produced on Quandamooka Country in partnership with Redland Performing Arts Centre and was first performed at RPAC in October 2022.
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