• Narli Ensemble member and percussionist Greg Sheehan with local children in Warmun (Tura New Music)Source: Tura New Music
The Tura New Music regional touring program is an award winning project, recognised nationally for it's strong commitment to presenting world class Australian music in regional Western Australia. With touring artists and locals forging bonds through musical sharing and collaboration, the project has been creating opportunities that might not have been possible otherwise.
By
Emily Nicol

21 Sep 2016 - 2:23 PM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2016 - 4:30 PM

Over the past few weeks, a talented and diverse collection of musicians returned once again to communities across the Kimberley region to connect and inspire through collaboration and workshops, building on relationships formed through previous tours. Taking in Kununurra, Warmun, Wangkatjunga and others, tonight in Perth the 'Reflections2' Tour will culminate in a unique and powerful concert, Kimberley Reflections.

Stephen Pigram, hailed as 'the bard of Broome and the king of Kimberley song', will perform alongside didge virtuoso Mark Atkins, Erkkie Veltheim and special guests Gabriel Nodea (Warmun), Danny Marr (Fitzroy Crossing) and Ashley Oobagooma (Derby). Performing songs that have been inspired by the experiences and extraordinary places visited on tour, the concert promises to deliver a unique soundscape.

Award winning and much loved artist, Stephen Pigram told NITV that his personal highlight was, "the connection in Warmun with the community - our concert first and then the joonba after. What a great and important connection with the community there."

Pigram continues, "This project is all about bringing music to a different stage. It's like a suit and tie for a singer songwriter!  Taking our songs and putting them onto a concert hall stage."

Warmun artist, musician and cultural leader Gabriel Nodea told NITV that the project is an important one. "It's very important. It is promoting the workplace where I work - the Warmun Arts Centre. And my country." For Nodea, the tour has been a chance to meet new people and work with musicians who he says are 'Kimberley legends'. 

 

Major tour sponsor Healthway and Tura New Music are working together to promote positive mental health in many communities throughout the Kimberley and in Perth. Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey said, “The Reflections2 Tour demonstrates the Act-Belong-Commit message by providing an opportunity for many people to share in and enjoy the artistic accomplishments of others.”

Kimberley Reflections concert with Gabriel Nodea, Danny Marr and Ashley Oobagooma is on tonight, Wednesday 21 September at the Perth Concert Hall 7.30pm. For information on ticket sales, go here


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