Photo by Slawek Przerwa

The Crow by Hand to Earth featuring Amalia Umeda

In a collaboration that crosses continents and cultures, Hand to Earth brings together traditional Australian Aboriginal song keepers and contemporary jazz musicians as it presents the North American premiere of The Crow, which traces the songline of the crow (waak waak) in remote northern Australia.

Daniel Wilfred sings in the Wagilak language, and his is the oldest continuously practised music tradition in the world. Sunny Kim sings in English and Korean intoning gestures that invoke raw elemental forces. Together they sing of the stars, of fire, and of the cooling rain against the drone of David Wilfred’s didgeridoo and atmospheres created by trumpeter and sound artist, Peter Knight, and clarinetist Aviva Endean who draw on the minimalism of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell to create a bed for these beautifully contrasting voices. For this special concert presentation of their new work, The Crow, the ensemble is joined by one of the rising stars of European jazz, Polish violinist, Amalia Umeda. Eluding genre, traversing continents, and fusing the ancient and the contemporary, this ambitious collaboration is a must-see.

Daniel Wilfred - voice and bilma
David Wilfred - yidaki (didgeridoo) and voice
Sunny Kim - voice, percussion, and electronics
Aviva Endean - clarinets, harmonic flute, electronics
Peter Knight - trumpet, electronics, percussion
Amalia Umeda - violin

THE CROW was co-commissioned by Jazztopad and Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Presented in collaboration with the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Experience at 212-875-5456 or [email protected].

 

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