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Hand to Earth


Hand to Earth / Australian Art Orchestra.

  • Published by Australian Art Orchestra — 8 October, 2021 — 1 CD
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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Hand to Earth — duos: 2 voices with chamber ensemble

Daniel Wilfred – voice/bilma ; David Wilfred – yidaki/voice ; Sunny Kim – voice/electronics/percussion ; Peter Knight – trumpet/electronics/percussion ; Aviva Endean – clarinets/flute/objects/percussion.
Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight, David Yipininy Wilfred and Aviva Endean Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight, Aviva Endean 45 mins, 19 sec.

Product details

Hand to Earth is a call to open ears: eluding genre, traversing continents and fusing ancient and contemporary. At its heart are Yolgnu manikay (song cycles), a 40,000+ year-old oral tradition from South East Arnhem Land, northern Australia. These songs exist to cross vast time and space, to continuously make the continuous - known as raki, the spirit that pulls all together, all performers all
Hand to Earth developed during an Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) residency in the remote highlands of Tasmania. Yolgnu songman, Daniel Wilfred, and Korean vocalist, Sunny Kim, formed an effortless rapport; their combined vocal approaches expressing a deeply human commonality whilst also invoking raw
elemental forces. Trumpeter and composer, Peter Knight draws upon his minimalist influence to create a bed of electronic atmospheres that meld beautifully with these contrasting voices. The combination of Aviva Endean and David Wilfred's evocative sounds transport the listener to previously unimagined sonic plains. Together the ensemble wields these mystical elements with a masterful improvisational touch that AAO is famous for.
Daniel sings in Wägilak language, in his 'own', the old people's and his son's voices, as the carrier of knowledge and the caller of raki. He has collaborated with the AAO for many years sharing his song with the world. As he explains: "You're not singing from your head, you're singing from your heart…Working with the Orchestra, I can share my culture with other musicians, tell them my stories, sing my songs. They learn from me, and I learn from them."

Contents note:

Nunguryu Nunguryu -- Water Song -- Star Song -- Birrik Birrik -- Guguk -- Gadayka/Grenadilla -- Old People.

This album can be purchased from Bandcamp.

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