Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Erkki Velheim conductor
Gurrumul's Mother’s Buŋgul
Gurrumul's Grandmother’s Buŋgul
About this performance
The Inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), brought to the stage in a hypnotic live performance by Yolŋu dancers and songmen with the MSO.
A buŋgul is a ceremony, a gathering ground: a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.
Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s posthumously released album, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), is a landmark moment in Australian music. It transcends its author’s death and celebrates his life, by bringing together western and his Yolgnu family’s musical traditions.
Buŋgul is a celebration of that record’s legacy, created on Country in North East Arnhem Land, with the Yunupiŋu family. In a hypnotic performance, live Yolŋu dancers and songmen present the songs, dances and paintings that inspired Djarimirri; performed alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and directed by Senior Yolŋu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.
The heart and soul of a masterpiece made real.
Please Note: This production contains haze and smoke effects.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are advised that this performance contains images and voices of deceased persons.
There will be a lock-out for this show. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break, approximately 7 minutes into the performance.