“However, I hope listeners will continue to guess who is playing the role of parent to our children. These lullabies give our children an uneasy rest on the bed of black plagues in detention, land rights, generations stolen and unceded sovereignty.
Amelia Thompson, a final year student, stepped out of her usual context as a contemporary music singer to perform in front of a small orchestra of classical performance students from Con.
Thompson lends her voice to two of Troy Russell’s songs in a generous intergenerational gesture and addresses issues of identity and connection in her own work. “My songs are about what it’s like to be a young Indigenous person today.” She comments on one of her songs, in the context of trying to figure out how her generation fits in and appears – ‘Still Tea ‘: “no matter how much milk you put in the tea, it’s still tea.
The First Nations artists featured collaborated with Composition for Creative Industries Diploma students who helped orchestrate the music for the large ensemble. Project Director Damien Ricketson says, “In creating space for new First Nations music to flourish, we have also opened space for different musical specializations at Con to interact and support each other. It is an honor to present this all-First Nations program at a site that has witnessed the creation of music and culture for millennia before us.
7 p.m., Game 3rd November, Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Troy Russel- The first shot
Troy Russel- You do not know
Troy Russel- Nucoorilma
Troy Russel- Singing
Nardi Simpson – Lullabies for Babies Blak
Nardi Simpson – Binary
Amelia Thompson – more tea
Amelia Thompson – Take me Home
Project Director – Damien Ricketson
Conductor – George Ellis
Arrangements & orchestrations – Tim Doubinski & Harry O’Brien
Classical voice – Ines Paxton
Contemporary Voice – Amelia Thompson