Geoffrey Gurrumul YunupinguPresented in Season 2 2008
Presented by Arts House in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival
8pm, Mon 20 Oct
8pm, Tues 21 Oct
50 mins, no interval
$40 / $30 /$25 / $36 (Group 8+)
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Blind from birth, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is a quiet but deep well of musical creativity and expression. Gudjuk, as he is also called, is from the Gumatj nation, his mother from Galpu, both First Nation peoples from North East Arnhemland. A former member of Yothu Yindi, now with Saltwater Band, Gurrumul’s solo live excursions highlight his natural talent as a singer, songwriter and wellrespected multi-instrumentalist, he sings and plays to lament, uplift and inspire.
Accompanied with just an acoustic guitar, grand piano and double bass, Gurrumul’s songs are modern-day arias of his homeland, taking the audience on an intimate musical experience through his life and song. Recently awarded Male Musician of the Year at the Northern Territory Indigenous Music awards, Gurrumul’s self-titled debut album is breaking into mainstream music charts to critical acclaim.
Written and performed by:
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu with Michael Hohnen and Francis Diatschenko.
Image by – Sam Karanikos