Navigating the interface between Western, Indigenous, and spiritual conceptions of the sky above us, members of The Griffyn Ensemble are joined by Astronomer Fred Watson with a program that evokes the stars and heavens. Beginning with Southern Sky, music written by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, The Griffyn Ensemble have collected and written stories and music connecting two hemispheres in relation to the sky – from a residency in the Arctic, to creative development in Tennant Creek.
The Griffyn Ensemble will weave together selections of this work, featuring music by indigenous composers Christopher Sainsbury and Warren H Williams, Griffyn director Michael Sollis, and Northern European composers Urmas Sisask and Henryk Górecki.
Fred Watson spoken word
Michael Sollis spoken word and mandolin
Susan Ellis voice
Laura Tanata harp
Alexandra Castle flute
Featuring some of Australia’s most innovative leaders in chamber, folk, opera, new music, and composition, The Griffyn Ensemble seamlessly cross pollenate between genres of music and other artforms to create a unique experience of live performance, inspiring audiences and communities to question the world around us.
The Griffyn Ensemble are directed by composer and artistic director Michael Sollis, with a full line-up of violin, flute, double bass, harp, soprano, and plucked strings. Griffyn have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, toured for Musica Viva In Schools, and were shortlisted for a 2008 Australian Classical Music Award. Since 2006, Griffyn have performed over 100 Australian premieres and over 25 world premieres, and their Canberra concert series regularly sells out.
Time, venue and program are subject to change