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AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET
Dale Barltrop – Violin
Francesca Hiew – Violin
Chris Cartlidge – Viola
Michael Dahlenburg – Cello
SOUTH COAST YUIN CHOIR
Lyrics and Music: Shakeela Williams (supported by William Barton), Choral Arrangement: Dr Lou Bennett, Instrumental Arrangement: Ella Macens
Lyrics: Djinama Yilaga & Dr Lou Bennett, Requia Campbell, Cheryl Davison, Michelle Davison, Tamsin Davison, Lynette Goodwin, Sharon Mason, Maria Walker, Shakeela Uta, Iris White. Music: Dr Lou Bennett, Instrumental Arrangement: Ella Macens
Sacred Sky String Quartet No. 3
Australian String Quartet // Djinama Yilaga Choir // South Coast Yuin Choir
The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) channels unique chemistry, bringing freshness and vitality to a longstanding musical form. In a program inspired by language, place, and breadth of the human spirit across millennia, the ASQ continues its association with Djinama Yilaga – an intergenerational Yuin choir established in 2019 by Four Winds’ Aboriginal Creative Producer Cheryl Davison. Dedicated to the rematriation of Dhurga language, the voices of Djinama Yilaga and Nowra-based (sister collective) South Coast Yuin Choir combine with the instrumental sonorities of ASQ to bring a shared sense of history through words and music.
Another Australian voice, Nigel Westlake’s Sacred Sky is a musical evocation of loss – a work imbued with themes of beauty, soulfulness, & transcendence, inspired by visual meditations of unnamed locations on the eastern seaboard, surveying rich and evocative emotional terrain.
The convergence of music and language is also a phenomenon that fascinates Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw. The current era of confusion and misinformation (seen through the lens of US politics and a global pandemic) was a catalyst to address language’s power to stir emotion and spread information or ideas through written, spoken and digital forms.
Whatever your language, this is a moment we hope speaks to you.
“Harnessing the silvery tone of their remarkable instruments, these sensitive, highly talented players impressed throughout [their performance] with their overwhelming sense of shared musical vision and desire to create a ravishing musical unity. Put simply, the ASQ remains a sure-fire winner.”
Audiences may recognise Shakeela’s song walawaani, featured in HOME STRETCH – a love story to the Tathra-Bermagui Road (2021).