AAO: Crossing Roper Bar II : The Ghost Dances
- Date: Friday, 30 May 2014, 7pm
- Venue: National Museum of Australia — Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton, ACT
- Tickets: General: $40 | Museum Friends (Full Membership holders only): $30 | Concession: $35 — Tickets can be purchased online
The launch of the second album documenting this extraordinary collaboration instigated by the Australian Art Orchestra. Crossing Roper Bar is a series of regular exchanges which have been taking place since 2005 between the Young Wägilak Group from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land and the Australian Art Orchestra (based in Melbourne). It is a collaboration based on an equal exchange of knowledge through a dialogue centered on music. An electrifying marriage of the very old with the very new, Crossing Roper Bar is a celebration of country, of ceremony, and of the power of music to build enduring bridges across cultures, time and space.
The Roper River is a magnificent waterway flowing from Mataranka, 100kms south of Katherine, and out across the land of the Mangarayi and Yungman people. Before it reaches the Gulf of Carpentaria it passes the remote town of Ngukurr, which is isolated by the Wet for several months of each year (November to Easter) when the Roper engulfs all but the highest land. At other times, Roper Bar is the point where it's possible to cross the river and go on to Ngukurr. The crossing over seems not only a poetic but also a fitting metaphor for our collaboration, Crossing Roper Bar.
Featuring: David Wilfred - Wagilak Songman and didjeridu
Daniel Wilfred - Wagilak Songman and dancer
Paul Grabowsky - Musical Director and piano
Stephen Magnusson - Guitar
Tony Hicks - Saxophones
Niko Schauble - Drums
Phillip Rex - Double bass
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