About the concerts

August 13: Impact: A musical response to the 75th anniversary of The Bombing of Darwin, including elements of the multicultural community of Darwin at the time. Featuring musicians from the Ad Hoc Ensemble – a 7-piece chamber ensemble with strings, voice and wind instruments – under the Artistic Direction of Netanela Mizrahi. Ad Hoc is a Darwin-based collective of adventurous and dynamic chamber musicians who work with contemporary composers. Through music they plan to pay tribute to the human impact of conflict, touching on themes of homeland, diaspora, social justice, identity, nostalgia, memory and transformation

August 14: Transformation:  Ad Hoc members are joined by Indian Sitar master Kabita Gosh and Yolngu songman, Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi premiering new works by Kabita Ghosh, Netanela Mizrahi and Guwanbal. This eclectic collaboration will included deconstructions of musical elements drawing on the artists’ musical roots in baroque, renaissance and classical styles, traditional and contemporary Yolngu music and Indian classical traditions.

August 15Sounding the Tunnel: Will have the audience activating the space itself through guided percussive directions by Peter Neville, assisted by local percussion students. Audience members are active & on their feet and participating in the unfolding of the sonic canvas. Peter will be joined by Deborah Kayser to incorporate vocal elements from the audience into the sonic tapestry. Architectural considerations of the space are central to this work, responding to the structure, materials & acoustic of this 172m tunnel.

August 16Sub-Liminal: Mapping the Sacred across Time and Space –  Features the phenomenal voice of Deborah Kayser with celebrated composer and double bassist, Nick Tsiavos, virtuoso percussionist Peter Neville and Artistic Director of T#5, shakuhachi performer, Anne Norman – a musical reunion for new musical explorations. These four musicians have performed together in festivals in Europe and Australia in the ensemble Jouissance and recorded many CDs on various labels including ABC Classics. This concert will incorporate new compositions and explorations involving a vocal line by Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi. References to medieval chant within postmodern settings of Latin, ancient Greek and Yolngu Matha in the tunnel’s cathedralesque resonance.

August 17: Digging Deep: Throughout the week, the musicians will continue to work late into the night within the Tunnel, learning how to best make use of its unique acoustics in collaboration with musicians they have met during the week. The results will be featured in this Finale.
Nick Tsiavos (double bass)
Peter Neville (percussion)
Kabita Gosh (sitar)
Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi(Yolngu Manikay)
Netanela Mizrahi (violin/viola)
Anne Norman (shakuhachi)
And members of Darwin’s Ad Hoc Ensemble

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