Gurrumul's Mother's Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Grandmother's Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Manikay
'Unlike anything you have ever heard: genuinely ancient and timeless, while sizzling with sparse symphonic modernity.'
A Perth Festival Commission
With West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Produced by Skinnyfish Music and Perth Festival
‘Yolngu don’t have books or computers. They carry it here (in the heart) in their song, their dance, their paintings.’ Don Wininba Ganambarr
A buŋgul is a ceremony, a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.
Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupiŋu family, Buŋgul is a ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. You’re invited to experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolŋu dancers, songmen and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra directed by Senior Yolngu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.
Djarimirri was Gurrumul’s gift to the world. An astounding achievement of music acclaimed the world over, it presented traditional songs and harmonised chants from his traditional Yolŋu life with hypnotic orchestral compositions. Now, in his honour, his family add a further cultural and immersive visual dimension to this historic work, performing the songlines that have forged their identity and every aspect of their existence since the beginning of time.
Buŋgul represents a majestic union of two disparate worlds. It points to a potential contemporary Australian identity grounded in and drawing upon the extraordinary knowledge, understanding and wisdom of First Nation People that inspires us all listen to and care for the precious land we share.
This project was initiated by the Yunupiŋu family and Skinnyfish Music
In collaboration with Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre - Yirrkala Arts Centre,The Mulka Project
Music byGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Michael Hohnen & Erkki VelthiemDirected byDon Wininba Ganambarr & Nigel JamiesonCreative ProducerMichael HohnenMusical DirectorErkki VeltheimDesign & Creative AssociateJacob NashLighting DesignMark HowettVideo DesignMic GruchySound DesignSteve FrancisCinematographerPaul ShakeshaftFirst Camera AssistantScott WoodProducerAnna Reece
|Time & Location||
7 - 9 Feb
Fri & Sat 7pm | Sun 6.30pm
Eligible for package discount
Post show Q&A
Sat 8 Feb
Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.
- We thank and pay our respects to the Yolŋgu people of North East Arnhem Land with whom this work has been created and their country on which this work has been created. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders.
- This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Perth Festival, Darwin Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Festival.
- This project was initiated by the Yunupingu family and Skinnyfish Music Produced by Perth Festival and Skinnyfish Music Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) produced by Michael Hohnen & Skinnyfish Music with musical orchestrations and compositions by Erkki Veltheim.
- Jacob Nash
- Priscilla Barrapami Yunipingu