Culture Train live in Brisbane
19 Aug 2017 | Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
For one night only, the award-winning Culture Train will stop over in Brisbane for an intimate performance under the iconic Story Bridge at Queensland Multicultural Centre, during its regional tour in celebration of Queensland Multicultural Month.
Featuring five world-renowned artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, The Culture Train will take its collective of traditional and contemporary music and performance arts to regional Queensland audiences who are often disenfranchised from accessing cultural performances of this calibre throughout Queensland Multicultural Month 2017.
The concert will include a feature reading by Arts Queensland Poet in Residence for Queensland Poetry Festival Joy Harjo.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation who is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century. Harjo’s eight books of poetry include such well-known titles as How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. Her newest collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), short-listed for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, is hailed by Yusef Komunyakaa as ‘a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history’. Her memoir Crazy Brave (2012) won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Recently, Harjo was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilley Prize, bestowed on a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.
Culture Train Acts:
Dheeraj Shrestha (Nepal) is an internationally acclaimed musician, who is recognised as the foremost Nepalese-born tabla percussionist in Australia. An irrepressible creativity, tremendous clarity and exciting rhythmic improvisation are his stylistic hallmarks and this has established him, worldwide, as one of the finest exponents of tabla.
Clara Domingo (Spain) is a recent arrival from Barcelona, whose vocal style explores traditional flamenco and Spanish popular music. Reflecting an international sensibility that is firmly grounded within Spanish traditions, Clara Domingo has performed with flamenco companies Flamenco Fire and Jaleos Flamenco including concert appearances at Queensland Performing and Arts Centre, Brisbane City Hall, Woodford Folk Festival and Cygnet Folk Festival.
Ajak Kwai (Sudan) is a compelling storyteller and mesmerising live performer. With a powerful voice, gentle manner and mastery of Dinka, Arabic and English, Ajak Kwai weaves her extraordinary tales of being displaced from her South Sudanese home, to gospel singing in Cairo and starting afresh in Melbourne in 2007 to funky, soulful afro-beats.
Mario Conde (Bolivia) is a native Bolivian musician who leads a five-piece ensemble called Celestino, which is renowned for captivating audiences through a mesmerising fusion of their traditional Bolivian instruments and Western music incorporating modern technology. With Celestino, Mario has performed and toured throughout Australia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, South Africa, South America and North America.
Dya Singh (India) has been one of the Australia’s pioneers in the development of new Australian World Music. He is the master musical interpreter of the traditional Sikh hymns, music with diverse influences from around the globe. Having performed around the world over the last 20 years, Dya Singh World Music Group is a true reflection of World Music, Fusion,InterFaith, Multiculturalism and traditional Sikh music.
Food will be on offer from 6pm till just after 7pm when performance begins, thanks to the wonderful Lama Beans, providing tasty momos and other options!
|Dates:||Saturday 19 August|
|Time:||7:00pm to 9:00pm|
|Address:||102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point|