ANU empowers first nations composers with Ngarra-Burria program

ANU empowers first nations composers with Ngarra-Burria program
Image: Jason Noble (clarinets) Edward Neeman (piano), photo by Yun Hu
Friday 2 June 2023

The ANU School of Music, in collaboration with indigenous composer Christopher Sainsbury, is driving the Ngarra-Burria program aimed at inspiring First Nations musicians to explore contemporary chamber music. This initiative encourages a creative shift in their artistic endeavors, and since its inception in 2017, it has provided a platform for several First Nations musicians to develop and showcase their compositions.

A recent concert, led by Sydney-based new music group Ensemble Offspring and its artistic director Claire Edwardes, highlighted the works of eight talented indigenous composers. The Ensemble Offspring, featuring musicians Lamorna Nightingale on flutes, Rowena Macneish on cello, and two our staff Jason Noble on clarinets, Edward Neeman on piano brought these compositions to life in an unforgettable performance.

The Ngarra-Burria program continues to provide a vital platform for First Nations composers to explore and present their contemporary chamber music compositions. It serves as a testament to the ANU School of Music's commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity in the realm of music, while Ensemble Offspring's participation reflects their dedication to showcasing groundbreaking works by emerging composers.

The concert was a captivating journey into new musical landscapes, leaving an indelible impression on the audience and underscoring the importance of supporting and celebrating the creativity of First Nations musicians in Australia's vibrant music scene.

Read original article by Graham McDonald. 


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