Curated by Genevieve Lacey

To be human is to make music.

Australian Indigenous people have the oldest living tradition on the planet. They have been singing for millennia, their music passing through thousands of generations of ears, hands, and hearts.

In Western classical music, we speak of 'early' music; music from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. A Brief History of Time sets up Western early music, up to a millennium old, within the time-expanding universe of Indigenous music making, and finds a place for us to meet in contemporary Australia.

The musicians for A Brief History of Time come from different cultures, generations and genres. They are distinguished not only by their extraordinary skills, but also by their generosity and courage as artists. We invite you to join a cast assembled from Arnhem Land, Scandinavia, Italy, UK and across Australia: Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, Yirrmal Marika, Emily Wurramara, Alice Skye (voices), David Yipininy Wilfred (yidaki), Trio MediŠval (voices), Are Henriksen (trumpet), Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba), Thomas Boysen (vihuela da mano, theorbo), Richard Tognetti, Thomas Gould, Brendan Joyce (violin), Caroline Henbest (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Kirsty McCahon (double bass), Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord, chamber organ), Erin Helyard (fortepiano), Marshall McGuire (harp, baroque triple harp), Jane Gower (baroque bassoon), Erkki Veltheim (violin, electric violin), Andrea Keller (piano), Joe Talia (drums), Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Jim Atkins (sound design), with Q&A and pre-concert talks hosted by Paul Kildea.

Generously supported by Ulrike Klein AO and the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle.

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