Yvonne attended an event of Fernando Coloma which dabbled with fusion of musical and visual mediums with indigenous elements. It was awe inspiring.
When the group commenced discussing how they wanted to present the upcoming Suns of Cuba tour, discussion progressed from showcasing Afro Cuban culture to fusing it with Australian indigenous culture.
When Yvonne thought about the presentation of their social conscience songs, Richard immediately agreed that we infuse indigenous music into the Cuban music as a mark of respect and admiration for the culture that cared for our country for 60,000 years.
Look at what we have done to it in just over 200 years!
We will have indigenous musicians and and indigenous story teller as part of our show to take you on our inspirational and fulfilling journey.
The amazing Duo of Keyna Wilkins and Gumaroy Newman will be developing this section of the program with us. They have had wonderful successes with fusion of the mediums and are excited to join us for this part of our program. See more on them below:
Yulugi is a fresh collaboration between Gumaroy Newman, an Indigenous song man and didjeridu player descending from the Gamilaroi and Wakka Wakka nations of northern NSW, and Keyna Wilkins, a NSW-based composer and musician (piano, flute). Yulugi is a dialogue across cultures, inspired by the Australian landscape and animals, often with guest indigenous dancers. The word ‘Yulugi’ means play, dance or have fun in Gamilaroi. The sonic scapes created are a melting pot of indigenous and western sounds and textures, and inspired by the Australian landscape and animals, this duo explores spiritual awakening through improvised music.
Gumaroy is an indigenous performer, yidaki (didgeridu) player, traditional song man, poet, MC and cultural educator. He has performed around the world in ceremonies and concerts alike including at festivals such as Glastonbury, Vancouver Folk and Woodford Folk and has worked with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and artists such as Arrested Development, Ganga Giri, Shane Howard and Shannon Knowle. Keyna Wilkins is an international pioneering flutist, pianist and composer and one of three national finalists in the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence 2018. Stylistically broad, this duo will will take you on a journey into the heart of Australia with dream-like sequences alongside landscape depictions and animal mimicry and echoes of tribal lores, drawing on a myriad of musical influences, to create a unique and authentic soundscape of Australia.
The duo formed early 2019 and have numerous successful shows around Australia including at Woodford Folk Festival 2019 and opening the Australian Flute Festival at Sydney Conservatorium Verbruggen Hall in July. Performances in 2020 include Melbourne Recital Centre, MONA, Now Now Festival and Pheonix Central Park.
Website: https://www.yulugi.com/Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/keyna-r-wilkins/sets/yuguliInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/yulugiensemble/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yulugi/?modal=admin_todo_tour