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Legendary Aboriginal Artists Record Works Composed in the Kimberley Region

Percussionist Bart Willoughby. Image Credit: ABC
Scarlett Di Maio
| February 13, 2018

Tura Music has announced that Indigenous music icons Stephen Pigram, Mark Atkins, Steven Magnusson and Erkki Veltheim will return to Perth to record works from their 2017 Echo Tour.

As part their multi-award winning Regional Touring Program, in 2017 Tura Music presented The Echo Tour which brought together leading Aboriginal performers to make new commissioned music.

With Bart Willoughby on vocals and percussion, Atkins on didgeridoo and vocals and Pigram on vocals, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and stories, The Echos Tour ensemble also collaborated with musicians across the Kimberley region including Gabriel Nodea, Danny Marr, Naomi Pigram, John Bennett, Susie Quicke and Paul Boon. This unique combination of artists has created powerful music that stretches across cultures, time and place.

Over the past three years, this unique tour through the Kimberley region has made a significant contribution to the social, cultural, educational and community lives of people living in regional centres and remote communities of northern Australia. By travelling through the Kimberley landscape and touring to regional centres and remote communities, these Aboriginal performers have not only inspired communities, but transported audiences to new sound worlds.

The Echo Tour has already resulted in a songbook of works and collaborations from Pigram and Atkins, along with new works from Magnusson and Veltheim. The new music recordings will be in collaboration with regular Narli ensemble members Tristan Parr and Tos Mahoney, and for the first time they will be joined by percussionist Joe Talia. The recording is set to be released in the coming months.

Tura Music’s Regional Touring Program consists of music outreach programs which encourage collaboration and direct involvement with the musicians by participants and audiences. As well as public concerts, The Echo Tour’s community engagement includes school and community workshops and presentations. For more information on Tura Music’s Regional Touring Program, head here.

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