Live performances of The Bridge Project, a world-folk music collaboration by a Turkish Muslim, an Australian Christian and an Israeli Jew, will debut in Australia in March, playing Live at the Village, Springwood on March 23rd.
Three composers, the Blue Mountains own Andy Busutill along with Ittak Shaked in Israel and Umit Cehyan in France, created an album around themes of peace, growing together, and in the first track Goodbye My Country, Umit expresses his sorrow at leaving Turkey as a refugee. He now teaches sonic and cinematic arts at the University of Toulouse.
With an array of Middle Eastern lutes, western instruments such as clarinet and sax and wind instruments of Asia Minor, the three composers worked from their home countries, communicating over the internet via top line Waves audio software, to create a bridge between cultures and religions, through music.
The Australian composer Andy Busutill has formed a band of musicians from Queensland and NSW to present the music to Australian audiences. This includes Andy, the renowned cellist John Napier, one of Australia’s best oud players John Robinson, Peter Kennard and Bertie McMahon. It’s hoped that the Australian-Iraqi Nawres al Frah and Bilge Ozgun, originally from Turkey will also be playing. Renowned dancer Tamara Taylor completes the line up.
8.00pm, 23rd March – Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood, NSW
Tickets: $30/$20 concession from the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood – or phone the Shop 4751 5171