OPENINGS

A journey through the Ancient, contemporary & international

OPENINGS stiff gins sydney sacred music festival
Octava ensemble Sydney sacred music festival

Saturday 1 September 7pm mOSMAN ART GALLERY

Openings

Our opening event featuring the Stiff Gins, Uncle Max Harrison, Bahá’í Temple Choir and special guests,  international 8-piece vocal group Octava Ensemble (Poland).

A night that will share ancient Aboriginal knowledge with Uncle Max Harrison, showcase contemporary Aboriginal music with the Stiff Gins with reading by the Baha'i Choir and world class 16th and 17th century music by the 8 exquisite vocalists from Poland's internationally renowned Octava Ensemble (only Australian performance).

These diverse performances are weaved together, thread by thread, throughout the night to take you on a journey of the sacred throughout time.

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Artists

UNCLE MAX HARRISON

Yuin elder Uncle Max ‘Dulamunmun’ Harrison, who is an initiated Yuin man, is the knowledge holder and teacher of the guides at NNCA. They have undertaken his teachings passed down to him by 5 masters of Aboriginal Lore. Uncle Max is a widely respected elder, he has been on the National Board of Elders, released several books on Aboriginal Culture including ‘My Peoples Dreaming’, given knowledge and is a recognised teacher of the University of Wollongong.

STIFF GINS

One of Australia’s best known and most loved Indigenous acts. These two women combine their stunning harmonies and wicked humour to transport you to a world of joy, spirit and song.

OCTAVA ENSEMBLE

A Polish vocal octet considered by music critics to be one of the most dynamic vocal groups of the current generation in Europe.  OCTAVA ensemble is a winner of various festivals and contests. Including the most prestigious award in Polish choral art, Grand Prix 39', "Legnica Cantat" edition.

They specialise in XVI and XVII-century music and have performed work ranging from Renaissance works to avant-garde coproduction with Krzysztof Penderecki, Aphex Twin (European Culture Congress, Wroclaw 2011), Portishead and Goldfrapp.

BAHA'I CHOIR

Readings from many religious traditions at the Baha'i Choral Festival will be included in this performance to help weave the diverse program together. Members of the choir serve as readers to create a single, unified devotional performance.

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