Interfaith intercultural ensemble


Sat 8 Sept, 7pm – Pitt St Uniting Church Sydney

The Psalms and Beyond: Music & Words

Celebrating a 12-year legacy of Interfaith services in Sydney, this tribute to sacred music comes from the Psalms Cycle, a new work in development by Dr Kim Cunio and Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick. From Rumi to the Spanish Golden Age, the great monasteries of Europe and the temples of India, an intercultural ensemble will play with newly translated texts read by Dowrick and friends. With Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick (spoken word), Dr Kim Cunio, Samarai Cunio, Elizabeth Lecoanet, Heather Lee, Anna McDonald and Dr Nicholas Ng.


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Dr Kim Cunio

Australia's leading composer and interpreter of sacred traditional music and is a Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. Kim has studied with a number of Australia's finest musicians including Australian composer Nigel Butterly, conductor and producer Eric Clapham, and Jazz guitar legend Ike Isaacs. His work with the ABC has seen him compose and produce music projects for CD, radio and television over the last decade. He is one of Australia's most accomplished researching composers and was awarded an ABC Golden Manuscript Award in 2004 in recognition of his work with traditional and Islamic music. Kim works in new art music, music research, traditional music, acousmatics and screen. Recent commissions have included the Art in Islam exhibition, and the Garden & Cosmos exhibition featuring Indian sacred music, both at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Other recent CDs have included Music of the Dead Sea ScrollsThe Sacred Fire: The Music of Hildegard of Bingen, and The Temple Project: The Thread of Life, a reuniting of Arabic and Jewish musicians. Kim has also been musical director for the interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney

Reverend Stephanie Dowrick

Reverend Stephanie Dowrick is an Australian writer, Interfaith Minister and social activist. She is the author of more than 20 books of fiction and non-fiction, five of them best-sellers

Heather Lee

is an award-winning singer and soloist who has performed in many of the leading venues and companies of Australia including the Victorian State Opera, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Opera House, and the Cameron Macintosh CATS tour of Australia and New Zealand. With an ability to sing in many languages and styles, Heather (MCA Voice) has focused on both sacred traditional music and western classical music in her career.