AWME 2012: Indigenous Music Program

AWME-2012: Indigenous Music Program

AWME 2012: Music from across Australia and the Torres Strait comes to Melbourne

AWME 2012 will bring together some of the country’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, curators, festival organisers and arts workers for four days and nights of music showcases, conference sessions and networking from 15th – 18th November 2012.

This year’s music program will include the stunning premiere of Archie Roach’s Into The Bloodstream, which will traverse the story of Archie’s life – from his childhood to his stolen years and his long love for Ruby. The show features a star-studded 13 piece musical ensemble directed by Craig Pilkington, a gospel choir led by Lou Bennett (Black Arm Band, Tiddas) and specially curated visuals and lighting by Tim Cole.

“We feel immensely privileged to be hosting the world premiere of this very personal and moving piece of work by one of Australia’s iconic musicians,” said AWME Director, Simon Raynor. “Into The Bloodstream falls on the opening night of AWME and will essentially launch a four day exploration of music from the region and our neighbouring continents,” said Raynor.

Other musical highlights will include celebrated singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards; pioneer of Australian rock-reggae Bart Willoughby; electronic roots trio OKA; soulful country-rock soloist Lee “Sonnyboy” Morgan; melodic pop four-piece The Medics; soul-funk multi-instrumentalist Dave Dow; acoustic-roots artist Benny Walker; North East Arnhem Land’s rising stars East Journey; alt-country singer-songwriter Sue Ray; and much more.

AWME will also present an extensive music industry conference and film program featuring a number of Indigenous focussed forums, films and discussions that aim to shine a light on the diverse cultures that make-up the rich tapestry of Australia and the Torres Strait.

Some of the industry-focussed sessions include: Sista Sounds: Indigenous Women’s Music in Remote Communities presented by Music NT; The Culture of Contemporary Indigenous Music presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Touring.

This year, AWME is also proud to be hosting a special presentation of the Song People’s Sessions featuring Warren H Williams and Shellie Morris. The forum will explore the story of a collaboration between traditional and contemporary Australian Indigenous musicians, which has culminated in a recording project to support the protection of intangible cultural heritage, and the maintenance of Indigenous languages and traditional song cycles.

AWME 2012 will play host to over 60 music showcases, 550 local and international delegates, and facilitate over 30 music industry conference and networking sessions over four days and nights at the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff, Ding Dong and Lounge. Tickets are on sale through the venues.

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