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Music, NT Artist Northern Territory
Netanela Mizrahi & Guwanbal Gurruwiwi

THE DJARI PROJECT

Featuring Young Adelaide Voices' Aurora Ensemble

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Share in music and storytelling that bring together Indigenous, Middle Eastern and Classical choral traditions, in an uplifting evening for everyone to enjoy.

The Djari Project is an award-winning collaboration between Galpu songman Guwanbal Gurruwiwi (Galiwin’ku) and composer Netanela Mizrahi. Celebrate the launch of the project’s first album of unique choral and chamber works in Indigenous languages in a concert featuring the Young Adelaide Voices’ Aurora Ensemble directed by Christie Anderson, the Djari Project chamber ensemble and the voice of Guwanbal Gurruwiwi.

In a performance project that works explicitly with the development, performance and teaching of new works in Indigenous languages, The Djari Project highlights the role of the arts and creativity in social justice and a community’s approach to healing. Indigenous languages are underrepresented in Australian youth choral and art Music, even more so repertoire composed by and in partnership with Yolŋu Traditional Owners.

The Djari Project music is a vital addition to Australian cultural heritage. In Guwanbal’s words: “The songs are sacred to Yolŋu people and also non-Aboriginal people. They help us to remember our ancestors, culture and stories. People listen to this language and music and feel moved. They are a mix of Aboriginal and classical music styles, so they introduce new types of music to both Yolŋu people, and people who love Western music too. It’s important that people all over the world can hear Yolŋu and non-Aboriginal people singing in language together. The music brings us together. We pass it on to young people of the future, so that when us old people pass away the traditional songs remain and the next generations will know. This music brings Yolŋu and Western values together; this is our contribution to Reconciliation and Treaty.”

Credits
  • Performed by Guwanbal Gurruwiwi, Christie Anderson, Aurora Ensemble, Tara Murphy, Netanela Mizrahi, Kate Stephens, Jon Tooby, Yoris Wilson, Francis Diatschenko, Megan Atfield, Mark Smith, Nick Yates

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