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Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers

Ngarra-Burria are Dharug words meaning to hear, to sing, and this program is intended to build bridges for First Peoples’ musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art music sector. Initiated in 2017 by Aboriginal composer Christopher Sainsbury with partners Moogahlin Performing Arts, Australian Music Centre, ANU and Ensemble Offspring, Ngarra-Burria is aimed at supporting and mentoring emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers in developing new techniques and skills in instrumental composition and notation, as well as industry knowledge and relationships. Mentors in 2020 are Christopher Sainsbury, Jessica Wells and Kevin Hunt. The first cohort of composers (2017-2018) were Brenda Gifford, Troy Russell, Elizabeth Sheppard, Tim Gray and Rhyan Clapham and this concert will feature the second cohort of impressive First Nations musical voices from around Australia – from Redfern to Darwin!

$30 + booking fee (incl. first drink)
5 Eliza St
Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia
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November 4, 2020




Old 505 Theatre
5 Eliza St
Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia


+ booking fee (incl. first drink)



Will Kepa – Ailan Opping (2020) WP
Nardi Simpson – Blaktopia (2020) WP
Nardi Simpson – Burruguu (2020) WP
Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds for flute, clarinet and vibraphone (2020) 4′ WP
James Henry – The Rains (2020) WP
James Henry – Zoom Meeting for flute, bass clarinet and vibraphone (2020) WP
Brenda Gifford – Djana (2020) WP
Marlene Cummins – Past, present, so what (now) (2020) WP
Eric Avery – Gliding (2020) WP

Ngarra-Burria 2020 Program



Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Freya Schack-Arnott (cello)

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Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers