Troy John Russell is of the Biripai people of the Greater Manning area near Taree, and the Gamillaroi people of the North West Slopes and Plains. Troy's journey with music began at 11, when a neighbour offered to teach him the fundamentals of music, and Troy flourished. He found an old photograph of his father playing a banjo and learned that his family from Taree was a musical family - a great revelation that has been inspiring him for the last 40 years. After an injury whilst working for Telecom, Troy found himself attending a TAFE college called Eora, where he also made a good friend in Christopher Sainsbury who taught Troy more about music than anyone. Troy has written some good pieces which have impressed a few people and hopes to write more.
Articles by and about Troy Russell
AMPlify ICI workshop: 'Looking forward to seeing where this music goes' by Christopher Sainsbury
The first workshop of the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative took place at Eora College in March 2017, with participants having a chance to hear their works-in-progress realised live by musicians from Ensemble Offspring. Works by Elizabeth Sheppard, Brenda Gifford, Troy Russell, and Rhyan Clapham incorporate elements of language and landscape, with differing narratives driving the musical thinking. In contrast, Tim Gray’s piece depicts scenes from an imaginary horror movie, very effectively rendered. One of the workshop's two facilitators, Chris Sainsbury, reports.
AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative returns in 2018 by Australian Music Centre
The AMC is very pleased to announce that the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative continues in 2018 with five participating artists - Rhyan Clapham, Brenda Gifford, Tim Gray, Troy Russell and Elizabeth Sheppard - and Ensemble Offspring working together over a series of workshops over the course of the year, leading up to a recording period and two final concerts, in Canberra and Sydney, in November 2018
River Life – Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival in Brewarrina by Troy Russell, Claire Edwardes, Jason Noble, Freya Schack-Arnott and Lamorna Nightingale
4 members of Ensemble Offpsring report from Baiame's Ngunnhu Festival in Brewarrina NSW. This unique event is run by Moogahlin Performing Arts, and this April it included a performance of the new works completed last year as part of the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative artist development program.
Composer Troy Russell captured the atmosphere fittingly in this paragraph: Down by the riverside, in the tranquillity of the fish traps, music was played. Everyone was taken in some form or another, as the children stopped to listen and the elders bent their ears, a smile and a knowing look to each other reminded them of their day at the river. I watched young children play down by the weir, building their own memories, as my pieces were performed. The view was fitting. One boy ran the whole length of the weir easily, and the musical passages kept up with him as he slipped and skidded and splashed as he ran along.
More adventurous sounds from AMPlify ICI artists by Elizabeth Sheppard
Our Aboriginal composition group is continuing in 2018, and, for me, this means more adventures in integrating my church and conservatorium music training with my Aboriginal Noongar Yamatji and Gundungarra ancestral music heritage...