A week from now, Melbourne will see two diverse worlds come together when ANAM performs Tract at the Malthouse.

Tract combines the traditional rhythmic ceremonial songs of the Young Wagilak Group with composed orchestral material performed by Musicians of the Academy and the Australian Art Orchestra. These two parts are united together with the help of composer-violinist, Erkki Veltheim’s, amazing improvisational skills.

Tract is the brainchild of AAO Artistic Director, Paul Grabowsky, who was inspired to create a work combining traditional aboriginal song with contemporary Western instrumentation after a trip to the remote community of Ngukurr on the Roper River in 2005. The idea was delivered into Veltheim’s very capable hands, who has worked on the piece alongside the AAO and the Young Wagilak Group from South East Arnhem Land, ever since. The piece was written for 15 instruments which are played alongside the manikay Djupalwarra (song cycle Wild Blackfella) by the Young Wägilak Group. What they have come up with is a truly inspired collaboration not to be missed!

And just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, the concert will also be featuring the World Premier of Paul Grabowsky’s Smoke and John Rodger’s Glass, with the trumpet mastery of Scott Tinkler.

The following has some clips from the performance of Tract, Smoke and Glass at the Adelaide Festival and also features interviews with some of the performers:


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