Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
“11 Stories” is a collaborative public art work in development in 2019/2020, aiming to inspire, inform and deepen the listener’s experience of this iconic river, Dyarubbin, the Upper Hawkesbury. It will feature historic, cultural and environmental stories, music and imagery reflecting on the river, as 11 downloadable podcasts at 11 locations along the river, centred on the rivers public walkways in Windsor and spanning from the Grose River confluence at Yarramundi Reserve to the Colo River confluence at Lower Portland.
The project will draw on stories from local knowledge holders including WSU Scientists Dr Ian Wright and Professor Basant Maheshwari, Darug custodians Leanne Watson and Erin Wilkins and Historians Jan Barkley-Jack and Professor Grace Karskens and is also seeking stories, knowledge, experiences and input from the wider community. During 2019 research was undertaken, interviews conducted with over 30 participants and workshops held at a handful of schools, sharing stories and culture with Darug educator Erin Wilkins.
I am composer and producer in this work which is supported by the NSW government through Create NSW, and also has the support of Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Hawkesbury Historical Society, Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation, Western Sydney University Sustainability, Hawkesbury Environment Network, Windsor Public School, Windsor High School, Hawkesbury Independent School and Brewongle Environmental Education Centre. Photographers on the project are Sarah Rhodes and Lyndal Irons.
An adaptation for the stage of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s book for young people with Monkey Baa Theatre Co, directoed by Eva Di Cesare. The story follows a Palestinian girl’s quest to enter the old city of Jerusalem, to collect some soil from her grandmother’s old home and premiered at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in August 2017. I was sound designer and composer on this project, recording with Mohammed Youssef, Oud and Mishline Jammal Voice, conjuring the sound world of occupied Palestine.
South Creek Wianamatta Turning…A Place Making Community Arts Project in St Mary’s
I produced, curated and led community workshops in making sound sculptures in this 3 day festival of Nature, Sound and Stories at South Creek (Wianamatta) in St Mary’s, May/June 2017. Supported by Penrith Council’s Magnetic Places and in partnership with Greening Australia, St Mary’s and District Historical Society, St Mary’s Community Development and Darug Elder Uncle Colin Gale, community members and school children from St Mary’s Public School joined in a clean up event on the banks of south creek, guided nature walks, making sound sculptures from recyled objects, native plantings and sharing stories of culture, history, pollution and environment. See a short documentary video on you tube
I perform live on cello with actor Hazem Shammas in this adaptation of Mohammed Ahmad’s award winning book “The Tribe”, directed by Janice Muller. The Tribe is a simple, powerful backyard show which brings theatre to its storytelling roots. The Tribe toured to the Castlemaine State Festival and Substation in Melbourne in March & April 2017. Originally produced by Urban Theatre Projects as part of Bankstown Live in The Sydney Festival January 2015, Belvoir hosted a sold-out season in 2016 in Surry Hills backyards. The Tribe picked up a SMAC award in 2016 for Best On Stage Show.
Diary of a Wombat…Monkey Baa theatre Co.
Jackie French’s brilliant Children’s Book was adapted for the Stage by Monkey Baa with director Eva de Cesare. I had great fun on this show as composer writing the music for cello, which acts as the voice of wombat Mothball in a show with only a few words. The live cellist in the show, Mary Rapp sits on a tree trunk and also moves around the stage playing with the aid of the funky block strap. The music was developed over a series of creative developments including with students at St Mary’s Public School
This show toured Australia in 2017- a mammoth 59-venue tour over 8 months kicking off at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on 21 March and visiting every state in the country concluding in Bunbury, Western Australia in November. In 2020 “Diary of a Wombat” was on tour in the USA when the global covid pandemic closed theatres down.
The Cartographer’s Curse…National Theatre of Parramatta
I was sound designer on this co-production with Arab-Australian Theatre Co. Third Space Productions and National Theatre of Parramatta premiering at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in October 2016. Directed by Paula Abood, the work is an allegorical exploration of the 1916 agreement between British and French diplomats Sykes and Picot to carve up the middle east and its contemporary repercussions.
When One Door Closes…Circa Circus with La Boite Theatre Co.
I created the score for this innovative circus/theatre co -production based on the meeting of three heroines of the 19th century theatre canon – Ibsen’s Nora (A Doll’s House) and Strindberg’s Hedda Gabler and Miss Julie, premiering at La Boite in April 2016.
I produced the soundtrack for this multi-platform documentary, featured on ABC online, ABC RN and UNSWs icinema. Reflecting on Afghanistan and how she has affected 5 Australian women and men who served in Australia’s “longest and most unreported war”. Music performed by Sayd Sarshar, Yama Sarshar, Dieter Kleemann, Jess Ciampa.
Pandit Ashok Roy, SURMANI…Pearl Of Melody
a short documentary film I made about the amazing Australian based Sarod player Ashok Roy, commissioned by Sydney’s Parramasala Festival – premiered Oct 2014 at Parramasala’s Sth Asian Film Festival
Ashok Roy…from India with love
a radio documentary feature for ABC RNs Into the Music
“when you play music together you should feel something in your heart, the feeling and the love is what matters the most”
Pandit Ashok Roy was a prodigious performer and an inspiring teacher. For thirty years he lived in Australia, quietly sharing his musical treasure and gentle wisdom with all who crossed his path. Listening to him play was a transcendent experience. I was lucky enough to study with Ashok Roy and have made this radio documentary in memory of a man who completely changed my understanding of music…
An installation for Portland Regional Gallery’s 12:12:2012 exhibition
Old Irish Walking Tour
I recently wrote the music for this gps enabled walking tour app of Old Irish Sydney, produced by the Dictionary of Sydney with support from the Irish government.