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Ailan Opping : for flute, clarinet, vibraphone & cello

by Will Kepa (2020)

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Work Overview

Ailan Opping, a simple creole (Broken English) way of saying 'Island Hopping', is a journey from an outer island in the Torres Strait into the main hub or central part which is Thursday Island, affectionately known as T.I. The journey begins early in the morning, the sea is calm, most of the villagers are still asleep, but excitement gradually becomes of the children and the family who are gearing up to set off in their high-speed 65 horsepower dinghy. The morning sun glistens across the water and it doesn't take long for the wind to pick up, spraying the sea off the front bow into the morning faces of the children onboard. The travel through uncertain weather, cautiously riding on top of shallow reefs, taking breaks on many of the uninhabited islands or sand cays to seek shelter and have a rest, refuel the petrol tanks, and maybe stop in to visit other family members on another island, before reaching their final destination, safe and sound.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ngarra-Burria.

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