REIMAGINING CAPTAIN COOK - AN ABORIGINAL MUSIC RESPONSE
Friday, March 1, 2019 Start time: 6:30pm
Venue: The British Museum
At this special event, presented in collaboration with the British Museum, Aboriginal Australian artist Eric Avery performs music, movement and poetry in response to the Museum's current exhibition Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives. The performance will fuse Aboriginal language and sounds with the music of Cook’s Europe, in the magnificent setting of the Museum’s Great Court.
Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist. As part of his practice, Eric plays the violin, dances and composes music. Working with his family’s traditional language and custodial songs, he seeks to revive and continue this age-old legacy, creating new experiences of his people’s culture for the world.
An avid violinist, Eric started learning classical music ‘by ear’ when he was 11 and continued to train at the Australian Institute of Music. He combines his skills on the violin to perform classical music and create new contemporary music expressing his Koori (NSW Aboriginal) heritage. Eric recently performed at Parliament House in Canberra to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the building.
The evening will also see the launch of the programme for Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival 2019! It's Free - just come along!