June 4 3PM
Tickets $35/$30/Free for First Nations people.
21 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
HAND TO EARTH makes their first appearance in Castlemaine/Djarra country ahead of shows at RISING and VIVID festivals. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear ancient song lines performed at an intimate show at The Bridge Hotel.
HAND TO EARTH IS A CALL TO OPEN EARS: ELUDING GENRE, TRAVERSING CONTINENTS AND FUSING ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY. AT ITS HEART ARE YOLŊU MANIKAY (SONG CYCLES), A 40,000+ YEAR-OLD ORAL TRADITION FROM SOUTH EAST ARNHEM LAND, NORTHERN AUSTRALIA. THESE SONGS EXIST TO CROSS VAST TIME AND SPACE, TO CONTINUOUSLY MAKE THE CONTINUOUS – KNOWN AS RAKI, THE SPIRIT THAT PULLS ALL TOGETHER, ALL PERFORMERS ALL LISTENERS.
DANIEL SINGS IN LANGUAGE AND IS THE KEEPER OF YOLŊU MANIKAY (SONGS) FROM SOUTH EAST ARNHEM LAND THAT CAN BE TRACED BACK FOR OVER 40,000 YEARS. HIS IS THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY PRACTISED MUSIC TRADITION IN THE WORLD. SUNNY SINGS IN ENGLISH AND KOREAN AND INTONES WORDLESS GESTURES THAT INVOKE RAW ELEMENTAL FORCES. THEIR VOCAL APPROACHES ARE MELDED INTO THE ATMOSPHERES CREATED BY TRUMPETER/COMPOSER PETER KNIGHT, DAVID YIPININY WILFRED ON YIDAKI AND AVIVA ENDEAN ON CLARINETS, WOVEN INTO MINIMALIST SOUNDSCAPES REMINISCENT OF BRAIN ENO AND JON HASSELL.
“While many contemporary projects strive to combine ancient and modern influences, this innovative and ethereal musical alliance actually achieves that lofty goal – with old cultural ground being respected, while new artistic ground is broken. Hand to Earth is a truly exquisite album. “ * * * * * Songlines UK