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Laid in Earth


Laid in Earth

  • Date: Saturday, 1 August 2009, from 3pm
  • Venue: Endeavour Park — Cooktown, QLD
  • Series: This event is part of the Queensland Music Festival series
  • Tickets: This is a free event

Event Details

In 2007 The Queensland Music Festival built the 'Musical Ship', a percussive playground for all ages, on the beautiful foreshore of Cooktown’s Endeavour River. In 2009, The QMF will revisit the 'Musical Ship' with Laid In Earth, a newly commissioned work from celebrated composer Damian Barbeler, featuring multi award winning vocalist Sarah Blasko, Emma-Louise, Daniel Rojas and Kurrawong.

Using a cast of some of Australia’s finest musicians and performers, alongside community singers from Hope Vale, Rossville and Cooktown, Damian will create voicescapes of iconic European arias to reflect the earliest cultural exchanges between Europeans and Indigenous Australians.

This spectacular afternoon will begin with the massed percussion piece ‘Mothership’, performed by school children from the region. Following this, new songs from Indigenous Deadly Award-winning band Black Image and Sydney’s Kurrawong Ensemble will lead into a sunset performance of Laid In Earth, to be introduced with a vocal blessing by the renowned Hope Vale Choir.

Cooktown is a place where history, cultures and geography are compressed together in a mix of intriguing coincidences. Supported by a stunning soundscape and visual projections, Laid In Earth will embark on a journey through the diversity, beauty and struggle of living in remote Far North Queensland.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

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Damian Barbeler & Laid in Earth

Posted by Penny Lomax [] on 10 July, 2009

Damian will be discussing this new musical project on The Music Show on Saturday 1st August.

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