Celebrate the passion and talent of our youth with Spinifex Gum.
The voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs – young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi – come together with The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and special guest Emma Donovan, for a powerful collaboration of voice, sound, movement and change, in musical snapshots of life in the Pilbara, north Western Australia.
Commissioned to write a song cycle for the choir, Felix Riebl spent several years visiting the Pilbara to build relationships and gather stories. He and co-creator Ollie McGill went on to write the album Spinifex Gum about the region’s local tales and characters, true stories of racism and injustice, and the legacies of colonisation with music production that’s staunchly modern, built from found sound samples of the Pilbara – rustling leaves, bouncing basketballs and chugging trains.
Marliya’s lush choral vocals are performed with exuberant energy, blended with hard-hitting urban rhythms and uncompromising lyrics for a fresh sound that is built from the ancient culture of the Pilbara but is totally the music of today.
Spinifex Gum is a deep and affecting musical experience and will be the incredible closing night concert for the WOW (Women of the World) Australia 2020.
Nominated for Best New Australian Work at the 2019 Helpmann Awards®, it has the power to disarm, inspire, and speak to us in a way that no individual voice can.
You’ll leave this gig feeling inspired and hopeful for the future.
“Full of the exuberance of youth, underwritten by basslines that would feel at home on a Beyoncé album.” The Guardian
“Honest, political, with tales of disparity and injustice that hit home, Spinifex Gum is the stunning musical celebration our country has been waiting for, and their voices must be heard.” BMA Mag
“The sweetness of the singing, the power of the words and the movement make this a magical experience.” The Adelaide Advertiser
Recommended for those aged 13 years and older
Spinifex Gum contains theatrical/atmospheric haze. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the performance contains culturally sensitive stories and may contain images of deceased people.
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Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, the Lightfolk Foundation, Annamila Foundation, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.
Presented by QPAC and WOW (Women of the World) Australia 2020
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