13 Mar 2021 Once Only Event
Five of Australia’s most prolific First Nation musicians time travel through Australian parliament, redefining words that were spoken by the governments of our country.
Songs from a Stolen Senate is the beginning of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement. In this instalment, First Nation composers from across the country have stolen parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own interests and life stories.
Audiences will meet five unique Australians from a diversity of genres and backgrounds: Arrernte country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse; Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; and Canberra-based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.
This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. From Stolen Generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.
Once Only Event
13 Mar 2021