Four talented musicians have come together for Singing from Country, a project that aims to create music that connects people to place. Neil Murray,  Kavisha Mazzella, Carl Pannuzzo and Eva Popov are the songwriters that will participate in the program where they will learn about the role of the Dja Dja Wurrung language in connecting to place, people and seasons. VACL has been involved in the Singing from Country project through linking participants to local community to provide knowledge to songwriters and through giving cultural guidance. VACL’s Executive Officer Paul Paton spoke about the importance of this project that connects language and song, “Victoria’s Aboriginal Languages reflect a deep connection to the land, providing us wisdom about how to care for it.” VACL’s Community Linguist, Kris Eira and Dja Dja Wurrung woman Rebecca Philips facilitated workshops about aspects of knowledge and language.

This is the first stage of the project, which will eventually expand across Victoria. “Music is a universal language. It tells stories. It helps communicate love for land, deepen knowledge of country and strengthen community. People singing together about country is a powerful force for uniting and galvanizing action” said Terry White, the project’s creator. This October a community gathering will provide the opportunity to share the wisdom of key knowledge holders and hear from the community where all interested community members, both from within the region and outside, are welcome to attend.  The gathering will include a showcase concert where the four songwriters will unveil their songs. Local choir-leaders will then arrange and rehearse the new songs with their singing groups, culminating in a performance of the songs by choirs in a celebratory event as part of Castlemaine State Festival in March 2017.

Singing from Country launches with a Workshop and Concert as part of the 2016 Maldon Folk Festival, October 29th 2016

For more information about the project visit the Community Music Victoria website or join the Singing from Country Facebook Group

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Monday, 07 April 2014 13:08

Melbourne Festival artist visits VACL

Photographic artist and educator Wendy Ewald visited VACL on October 15th 2013. She was in town for her exhibition presented by Melbourne Festival and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and came to learn about VACL’s language work across the state. VACL Project Officer Mandy Nicholson explained VACL’s close connection to the First People’s exhibition at Bunjilaka in Melbourne Museum, and got to hear some of Wendy’s stories behind the beautiful images in her book American alphabet.

 

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