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Voices on the Wind: Eddies of Possibility for Australia’s Musical Future

Curkpatrick, Samuel (2017) Voices on the Wind: Eddies of Possibility for Australia’s Musical Future. In: Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency. Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice, ed. Ramnarine, Tina K.. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 119-136. ISBN 9780199352227

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Abstract

The musical project Crossing Roper Bar (CRB) is based on a collaboration between Wägilak songmen from Australia’s Northern Territory and the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). Individuals drawn into this collaboration bring their distinct voices and histories to performance, while opening themselves to those of others. A new, malleable approach to orchestral performance in Australia is the result of this collaboration, which places improvisation at the centre of conversational musical interaction. This chapter introduces orthodox narrative elements of Wägilak manikay (song) that are creatively renewed and sustained in CRB. It highlights how the collaboration demonstrates the compelling play of musical performance that can generate nuanced, respectful and ongoing interactions between individuals, and between individuals and traditions. Amidst the vibrant, cultural diversity of contemporary Australian society, CRB suggests new possibilities for productive and relevant orchestral music-making.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Indigenous music, ethnomusicology, intercultural, Aboriginal, narrative, ceremony
Fields of Research: 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190401 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Samuel Curkpatrick
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2019 22:28
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2019 22:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3418

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