With very special guest Sarah Blasko
Multi-ARIA award-winning Indigenous artist Gurrumul presents an unparalleled musical event – a spellbinding account of his unique life, voiced through song, film and the storytelling of his people.
Declared Australia’s most important voice by Rolling Stone, this blind-born musician, hailing from an island off the north coast of Arnhem Land, has been turning out soulful, resonant songs for over two decades. From his time with Yothu Yindi to his celebrated solo releases, Gurrumul has been an integral part of our nation’s musical landscape, singing gentle songs of wonder that invoke the stories of his people, the Yolngu, and echo with the powerful spirit of his ancestry.
For the first in a three-year series of special Melbourne Festival concerts at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Gurrumul presents an enchanting show under the stars. Backed by the orchestral strength of Philharmonia Australia, he performs new works of simplicity and power, as filmed narration by the musician’s fellow clan members tells the stories of his people, his family and his home.
Joining Gurrumul as very special guest performer is the Australian darling of indie-pop, Sarah Blasko. Having recorded and performed with Gurrumul in 2012 on a new version of Bayini, Aria Award winner, triple j Australian Album of the Year recipient, and platinum-selling singer-songwriter-musician, Blasko will perform some of her most loved tracks - a perfect accompaniment to Gurrumul on the night.
Affecting and inspiring, Gurrumul – His Life and Music is an intimate and unprecedented insight into one of Australia’s most treasured artists.
Orchestra Philharmonia Australia
What the media are saying
Music review: Gurrumul, Melbourne Festival (Herald Sun)
Gurrumul opens up his world (The Age)
Gurrumul - His Life and Music (artsHub)
Gurrumul to move the Bowl (Herald Sun)
“His songs resonated powerfully… there was so much beauty in this concert that it was easy to be moved to tears.” – The Daily Telegraph
“An aunty tells us Gurrumul is special because he was born ‘covered with rainbow’ and, as he begins singing, his voice just lightly caressed by violins, her words are proved true.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Image Prudence Upton
Produced by Skinnyfish Music and supported by Chugg Entertainment in accompaniment with the release of the definitive biography Gurrumul. His Life and Music.
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