Hand to Earth brings together Yolŋu songman, Daniel Wilfred, and Korean vocalist, Sunny Kim, for an exquisite performance expressing something of the here and now in music. The duo forms an effortless rapport that spans continents and cultures and yet expresses a deeply human commonality.
Developed during an Australian Art Orchestra residency in the remote highlands of Tasmania, Hand to Earth melds the vocal approaches of two artists into the electronic atmospheres created by trumpeter and composer, Peter Knight, who draws on the minimalism of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell to create a bed for the beautifully contrasting voices.
Daniel sings in language and is the keeper of Yolŋu manikay (songs) from North East Arnhem Land that can be traced back for over 40,000 years. His is the oldest continuously practised music tradition in the world. Sunny sings in English and Korean and intones wordless gestures that invoke raw elemental forces. Together they sing of the stars, of fire and of the cooling rain, against the floating trumpet notes and electronic crackles.
The group is complemented by David Yipininy Wilfred on yidaki and Aviva Endean on clarinets for a stirring musical experience that represents contemporary Australia at its best – sophisticated, inclusive, diverse and forward looking.
Created by Australian Art Orchestra with Daniel Wilfred, Sunny Kim & Peter Knight
- Performed by
- Daniel Wilfred – voice, bilma
- Sunny Kim – voice, electronics
- Peter Knight – trumpet, electronics
- David Yipininy Wilfred – yidaki
- Aviva Endean – clarinets
- Main photo Tobias Titz
- Additional photos Sung Hyun Sohn & Tobias Titz
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