Showcases the future of Australian music by exploring our many cultures through new collaborations and sounds that illuminate the spirit. Ensembles come from the hidden treasures in our community and showcases our vision for a Western Sydney Sound.
THE SYDNEY WORLD MUSIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The 11 piece Orchestra has been assembled from artists in Western Sydney from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds creating 'new' Australian Sacred music. Their work the ‘Three Sides of Love and Death’ explores the universal themes of unconditional love and rites of passage through the stories and sacred music practices of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse artists who make up the Orchestra and showcases the power of process, collaboration and diversity.
Featuring traditions from Aboriginal Australia, Mongolia, Uyghur, Vietnam, China (and more). A sacred Symphony for everybody traversing a range of music genres from ancient muqams, mongolian throat singing, to sacred pop and spoken word.
They recently released their first single 'River' which deals with the passages of death, faith and healing (see video clip below). River is a song of hope, a moving ballad that features the diverse strings of the Orchestra and the vocals of Maria Mitar, Gambirra Illume, Shohrat Tursun, Urhu - Nicholas Ng, Horse Fiddle - Bukhu Ganburged, Violin - Salar Hs and Double Bass - Mark Szeto.
Our music video for our single 'River', filmed in the streets of Western Sydney.
Check out the Doco and hear the music and the moving stories behind the only Orchestra of its kind in the world!
Shohrat Tursun Trio
A dynamic combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into contemporary compositions that can only be found in Australia.
Vocalist, Shohrat Tursun, is a world renowned musician and Uyghur Bard who has traveled the world performing the hidden treasures of his culture. A seventh generation musician, Shohrat's soaring vocals and dynamic Dutar playing provides a foundation for the Trio to meld their diverse sound.
Live, they range from having the attack of a rock and roll band, to emanating the contemplative vibrations of a Sufi inspired hymn. Shohrat's voice will change your internal chemistry.
Be inspired by the sound of multicultural Australia.
FOR MORE INFO www.shohrattursuntrio.com
BUY their single
Listen to this classic Uyghur song reworked!
ACOUSTIC WORLD POP WITH SACRED INFUSIONS
Blue Mary aims to uplift and celebrate our diverse identity through their music. The name was inspired by communication and the speaking of higher truths and stories ('Blue' symbolises the 5th throat chakra which represents communication/will), and 'Mary' represents the divine feminine. Led by singer /songwriter Maria Mitar, and producer/guitarist, Richard Petkovic, Blue Mary creates spiritually inspired music, laced with deep melody, harmonies, and world music, creating a sacred world pop sound, which represents the cultural diversity of Australia and the world.
Blue Mary’s live shows are a captivating and engaging experience, ranging from intimate acoustic settings, with conscious storytelling through lyrics, strong melody and harmonies, supported by African and/or Indian percussion, acoustic guitar, mandalin, harmonium and upright bass. Or they perform as an electric band, adding layers of rhythm over the punch of the western drum kit, supported by guest artists from world music backgrounds.
Their use of guest artists takes the audience on a cultural and sonic journey with their fusions bringing ancient culture into a 3 min pop song. Guests can include: Sufi vocalist, Oud player and world Whistling Champion, Asim Gorashi, Mongolian throat singer/horse fiddle Bukhu Gamburged and Barqoue Harpist Victor Valdes from Mexico.
Linda Marr Fine Music FM presenter, “Blue Mary has successfully united the sounds of the world into moving ballads and powerful tribal infused indie pop. Blue Mary are the future for a diverse Australia”.
More info & music go to Blue Mary's website
Blue Mary's Mandolin Jam video, a song that travels from Ballad to Tribal Rock!
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I AM - inspired by interviews and conversations with Women of the West. World pop with a big melody, acoustic guitars, harmonium and strings.
Electronic - Hip Hop - World Music
‘Worlds Collide’ invites the audience to move their bodies, from meditative drones and sacred African chants to full on dance beats with soaring vocals and hip hop rhymes, their music is designed to take the listener on a journey into the new sound of multicultural Australia.
Rhymes to make you think with beats to make you move!
Hip hop rhymes of Mt Druitt’s, Esky the Emcee
Acoustic world fusion of the Shohrat Tursun Trio
South Asian Underground beats of producer Coco Varma’s 'Sitar Funk'
Soaring vocals of Blue Mary’s Maria Mitar
Tribal rhythms and chant of Karifi's Yaw Derkyi
All under the direction of music producer and composer Richard Petkovic
Karifi and the African Union Dancers
Karifi are a Ghanaian drumming and dance ensemble. The real thing!
Karifi showcase the diverse cultures of Ghana, authentic drumming, chant, dance and RITUALS. A non stop powerful display of culture.
Sydney Sacred Music Festival Compilation CD
The Sydney Sacred Music Festival showcases Ceremony, Sound and Art every September throughout different venues and community spaces across Sydney.
This CD features 14 tracks from Aboriginal Australia to Mongolia, from ancient Uyghur culture to Sacred Pop fusions.
Featuring Riley Lee; IndiaJiva; Tenzin Choegyal; Heather Lee; Bukhu Gamburged to name a few.
Produced by Richard Petkovic for the Cultural Arts Collective.
(check out the Festival )