SYDNEY SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL

16 events across Sydney

2-17 September 2017

 

Mosman, Campbelltown, Sydney CBD, Parramatta, dee why,

Glebe, Newington Armory, Erskeneville, Penrith, Wahroonga,

Sydney Olympic park, VAUCLUSE, Wentworth Falls

 

- Uruguayan Candombe Theatre - Music Documentary - Conversations - South Indian Music and Dance -
- Orchestras - Workshops - Music and Ceremony in amazing spaces - Video installations - Choirs -
- Balkan Rituals - Mozart - Album Launch - Jazz - Pacific Island Culture -
- Musical meditations - Jewish Cantour - Sacred Films -

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THE FULL PROGRAM

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Balthazar

Integrating the sacred through Afro-Uruguayan dance, music and culture. Part theatre, part concert, with stunning visuals and the drumming artform of Candombe. 

Tony Gorman NoBoundaries

Shanni Dalton has documented Tony Gorman's life from Australia’s most wanted jazz musician to his battle with MS. Film and live performance.
 

Our Land Our Journey 

A conversation on the connection to land and the life journey of ex Tibetan Monk, Lobsang Norbu who spent 25 years in a Chinese prison and initiated Yuin elder, Uncle Max ‘Dulamunmun’ Harrison.

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Building 20: A musical journey

Three world class music performances to transform the inner state of the audience in Building 20’s  three ammunition chambers. Featuring the  unique sounds of the chambers and Matthew Wilkie (Bassoon SSO), Kim Cunio and Heather Lee (Soprano) and Ria Soemardjo (vocal and percussion) 

The Precession of Silence
 

Join contemporary artist Marian Abboud as she turns two intimate public locations into sacred spaces, using site specific video projection and the amazing live voice of Persian singer, Pegah Varamini. Locations given out upon registration.
 

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Oceanic Rhythms
 

Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with the Sydney Sacred Music Festival invites you to Oceanic Rhythms, a sacred space of music and stories from Oceania.

 


 

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Mozart’s Coronation Mass

Christ Church St Laurence Procession and Solemn High Mass with orchestra, soloists and choir for the Feast of Dedication featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass by one of the best liturgical choirs in Australia, Choir of Christ Church St Laurence and St Laurence Orchestra, conducted by Neil McEwan.

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Weave Textile Workshop

Ancient dance costumes from the Balkans are investigated. Techniques, oral history and art.

Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra

This 11 piece Orchestra is assembled from musicians from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds creating new Australian music that traverses cultures, faiths and genres. From sweeping orchestral movements to thumping dervish rhythms to sacred pop songs.
 

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Australian Bahá’í Choral Festival

The Festival attracts singers from all around Australia and abroad to come together to learn and sing sacred choral pieces in the spectacular Bahá’í House of Worship. The program will feature seven world-premieres!
 

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Sacred Rituals from the Balkans

Featuring three of Sydney’s leading Balkan cultural groups working together to showcase the unique sacred dance and music rituals. From Dusha Balkana’s Macedonian dance to Koleda CFE’s Bosnian tepsia singing tradition to the amazing Bulgarian harmonies of the Martenitsa Choir.

I really like the story

Come and join musical giants, James Greening, Sandy Evans, Steve Elphick, Andrew Dickeson, Bobby Singh, Judy Bailey, and Ellen Kirkwood in an afternoon of the sacred in music and culture. Performance and discussion.

 

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Sacred Films

Movies to change your internal chemistry

Approvals coming for two great movies on Saturday 2 September at Riverside Theatre

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Ātma: Music and Movement
 

A journey into the Carnatic music tradition of South India, Ātma - the liberating power of music and movement.  Arjunan Puveendran and Indu Balachandran entwine voice, instrument, percussion and rhythm, through Carnatic music and the movements of Bharata Natyam.

INVOCATIONS by NOAM BLAT

Noam writes and sings both in English and Hebrew and his compositions are alive with the sounds of the Middle East, Spain and Eastern Europe. His songs of unity and awakening are sung alongside traditional prayers and invocations from different cultures. 

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Devotional & Traditional Music of Bali and China

Bringing together the two Asian ensembles of Sydney Conservatorium focusing respectively on music from China and Bali, they will present transcendental traditional pieces inspired by nature, the human condition, and music and dance specifically composed for the worship of the divine. 

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Makindu Album Launch

"Makindu invite you to celebrate the release of their debut album at this special afternoon performance. They explore visions inspired by Sikh traditions and a journey that has led them across the globe and back to Sydney."