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Ngarra-Burria is an artist development program intended to build bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art music sector. The program was initiated by Dharug composer Chris Sainsbury, and the words 'art music' here refer to the vast spectrum of contemporary classical/new music, contemporary original jazz and improvisatory practice, experimental practice, including sound art and installation, computer music, and more.

The program provides for its participants:

  • The opportunity to write work/s for recording and performance by Ensemble Offspring, one of Australia's leading new music ensembles, and the Royal Australian Navy Band

  • Periodic face-to-face/Online mentoring sessions with program facilitators

  • Workshops with the performers to develop and refine the compositions

  • ANU School of Music sessions

  • Rehearsals, recording, and performance recitals in Canberra and Sydney

  • A modest honorarium, along with travel costs to attend workshops/recording session

Biography provided by the composer