I n 1987, Tos Mahoney founded Tura New Music, a not-for-profit music organisation based in Perth, which produces new music and sound art. Over the years, it has initiated a lively range of collaborations with musicians and artists in the city and in remote Western Australian communities. Nearly 33 years later, Mahoney remains Tura’s Artistic Director, and is as passionate as ever about the drive to ignite fresh new sounds.
The Narli Ensemble. Photo © Frances Andrijich
One of its acclaimed projects, Kimberley Echoes – which features a seven-strong group of First Nation artists and non-Indigenous instrumentalists called The Narli Ensemble – has been touring now for five years, visiting remote locations in the Kimberley region of WA, as well as performing in Perth venues.
This month, Kimberley Echoes embarks on a tour, which begins in Darwin on November 20 and then visits the east coast with performances in Bermagui, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bendigo, Melbourne and Canberra. The Narli Ensemble will also perform at Dance Rites, the national Indigenous dance competition at the Sydney Opera House on November 23. Over the next two years, the production will head to Asia and Europe.