Montsalvat presents Of Birds and Monuments, performed by internationally award-winning artists, Coady Green (piano), Justin Kenealy (saxophone) and Yorta Yorta man Tiriki Onus (narrator). They present works by renowned Melbourne composers based upon stories from Indigenous texts prepared by Tiriki Onus and N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM.

The program includes Linda Kouvaras’ ‘Herring Island Piano Sonata’ for piano, recorded sound and narrator, with sound by Roger Alsop and text by head of the Boon Wurrung Foundation, N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM. It has won awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and more. It evokes Indigenous stories and landmarks from a 5km radius of Melbourne’s human-made Herring Island.

In addition, Linda Kouvaras’ new work, ‘Buluwirri Bugaja Piano Suite’, will be performed. This is based upon stories from Tiriki Onus’ own family of Indigenous artists and First Nations Human Rights Activist. In particular, stories surrounding Tiriki’s grandfather Bill Onus, as documented in the award-winning film ‘Ablaze’, which won the Victorian Premier’s History Award and a major Human Rights award at the Kiez Berlin Film Festival. This work is accompanied by a film containing archival footage.

Jane Hammond’s evocative and beautiful composition ‘Songs of the Helmeted Honeyeater’ will be presented and is accompanied by an award-winning film by wildlife filmmaker Angus Hamilton, and text by renowned director and writer Theresa Borg, narrated again by Tiriki Onus, tells the story of the critically-endangered Helmeted Honeyeater bird, Victoria’s avifaunal emblem.

This program is proudly supported by the Nillumbik Shire Council Reconciliation Grant.

Sunday 3rd September 2023
5pm – 7pm (incl. interval)
Barn Gallery

Date: Sun 3 September 2023


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