Fri 4th (7pm) - Sat 5th (2pm, 7pm) September 2020
Free Online Interactive Performances
Songs from a Stolen Senate features some of Australia’s leading First Nation musicians, who have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own life stories. This is the first instalment of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement.
Meet five unique Australians from a diversity of genre and backgrounds: Aranda country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; and Canberra based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.
This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. From stolen generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament
These works were commissioned in the months before COVID-19 took place. Due to physical isolation, the world premiere of these works will be weaved together through online interactive performances, allowing audiences to engage with some of the musicians and composers involved.
You can secure your attendance to these free events by registering at the Griffyn Ensemble’s ticketing website. Links to the Live Online Performances will be sent via email on the week of the events, from the 31st of August.
Songs from a Stolen Senate is presented by the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government. The creative development was made possible with support through ArtsACT. Hero image by William C. Thomson, featuring Warren H. Williams.