The Griffyn Ensemble and Belco Arts present
Songs from a Stolen Senate
7pm Saturday 13 March 2021
Suitable for all ages.
One empty seat will be left between separate bookings to aid in social distancing. Tickets purchased in the same booking will be seated together.
Eight of Australia’s most prolific First Nation musicians time travel through Australian parliament, redefining words that were spoken by the governments of our country.
Songs from a Stolen Senate is the beginning of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement. In this instalment, First Nations composers from across the country have stolen parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own interests and life stories.
Audiences will meet eight unique Australians from a diversity of genres and backgrounds: Aranda country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse; Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Strait; Ngunnawal custodian Richie Allan; Larrakia hip-hop artist Jimblah; and Canberra-based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug Nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.
This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. From Stolen Generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.
Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.