Head to White Bay Power Station for a FREE Sunday Session, a music program curated by Biennale of Sydney and Phoenix Central Park that explores a diverse breadth of traditional music cultures with a contemporary lens, all set amongst the breathtaking and awe-inspiring visual art showcased at the Biennale.
The afternoon begins with Yirinda, a Meanjin/Brisbane-based duo made up of Butchulla Songman Fred Leone, and internationally acclaimed musical innovator Samuel Pankhurst. Together they combine ancient Butchulla language with experimental soundscapes and elegant orchestral instrumentation; enveloping audiences with their unique and ethereal sound. Yirinda means ‘Now’ in Butchulla language.
Next is vocalist, performer and multidisciplinary artist Maissa Alameddine, joined by her ensemble The Rubai. United by their virtuosity and mutual pursuit of Tarab, or the Arabic concept of euphoria induced by music, The Rubai is made up of tar player and composer Hamed Sadeghi, world-class percussionist James Tawadros & Qanun master and Arabic Maqam specialist Mohammed Lelo. Collectively they perform classical and contemporary arrangements spanning Andalusia to North Africa; Lebanon to Palestine, and more.
Finally, the afternoon is sent off with the ricocheting percussion of Taikoz, a leading Australian percussion ensemble that specialises in a traditional Japanese instrument known as the kumi-daiko. This large-scale performance will consist of many drummers assembling in formation throughout the space, a spectacle to behold in the industrial splendour of White Bay Power Station.
Suitable for all ages, the Sunday Session is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Come along for a bite to eat, immerse yourself in the exhibition, and listen to pioneering compositions by some Australia’s most forward-thinking traditional musicians.