Melbourne-based via Arnhem Land, singer-songwriter Gawurra will take to the stage at Kew Court House on 28 March as part of his first national tour. This intimate performance in the beautiful, historic venue is set to be a standout among a number of appearances at major festivals, including Womadelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Gathering festival.
2016 was a huge year for Gawurra. He released his debut album Ratja Yaliyali and was awarded four National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA): New Talent of the Year, Album, Cover Art and Film Clip.
He also won an NT Song of the Year Award for the album’s title track, supported Peter Garrett at the Darwin Festival, was nominated for his first ARIA, performed at BIGSOUND, and played key slots at the NIMAs, The Age Music Victoria Awards, Sacred Edge Festival and Federation Square.
Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu is a future Elder in his island community, and draws on traditional Gupapungu language songs in creating his contemporary music. Already inspiring comparisons with renowned musician Gurrumul, Gawurra’s culture, songlines, personal journey and musical understanding are embedded in his soulful voice and moving songwriting.
Gawurra wrote and recorded Ratja Yaliyali in Alice Springs, capturing a snapshot of remote Australia. The sparse soundscapes render a cohesive album that is as organic as it is contemporary, with the understated production of NT-based artist and producer Broadwing lending a subtle electronic influence to the tracks.
The Kew Court House is a small performing arts venue presenting some of Australia’s most exciting artists. A former courthouse and police station, the heritage-listed building presents one-of-a-kind experiences that music lovers won’t get anywhere else in Melbourne.
“Like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop.” - Gareth Hipwell, Rolling Stone
“Being considered the next Gurrumul is a label Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu might just have the talent to bear.” - Simon Collins, The West Australian
Gawurra 8pm, Tuesday 28 March $35 full, $30 concession http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/event/gawurra/ Kew Court House, 188 High St, Kew
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