What’s On

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Friday 19 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

Celebrated for her songs that became anthems of the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Emel Mathlouthi combines North African sounds with electronic production. Iraqi composer and oud player Rahim AlHaj is joined by cellist Karim Wasfi – best known for playing inside Baghdad's bomb craters. A unique double-bill featuring three acclaimed artists.

Mount Eerie and Julie Byrne

Mount Eerie and Julie Byrne

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

When singer/songwriter Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) lost his wife, artist Geneviève Castrée, to cancer, he poured his grief into the beautiful and devastating A Crow Looked At Me. Elverum is joined by NYC’s Julie Byrne, a purveyor of sublime, lyrical dark-folk, for a double-bill of minimalist, melancholic beauty.

Shabaka And The Ancestors

Shabaka And The Ancestors

Wednesday 24 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

Shabaka Hutchings is pushing Afrofuturism forward with his jaw-dropping jazz ensemble fronted by singer Siyabonga Mthembu. Londoner and bandleader Hutchings—a saxophone savant who’s played with the Sun Ra Arkestra—explores the indefinable gaps within modern jazz, as he hits Sydney with this explosive six-piece collective from South Africa.

Bambula - Paul Grabowsky and The Wilfred Brothers

Bambula - Paul Grabowsky and The Wilfred Brothers

Thursday 25 January, 2018

City Recital Hall and Sydney Festival

Australian musical cultures entwine in this unique collaborative partnership, where the ancient Indigenous music of South Arnhem Land’s Wilfred Brothers meets the award-winning compositional and improvisational artistry of Paul Grabowsky.

Vox Clamantis

Vox Clamantis

Saturday 27 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

This Grammy-winning Estonian vocal ensemble celebrates the music of its homeland’s most beloved composer, Arvo Pärt, combining his contemporary compositions with Gregorian chant and devotional music. Under the guidance of founder Jaan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis repertoire spans entire centuries.