‘A highly creative and deeply insightful two weeks filled with amazing musical, philosophical and cultural experiences delivered by passionate facilitators. The concepts learnt and explored during this time will propel many new musical explorations post CMI.’ Josh Kyle 2016 participant

Applications are now open for the 2017 Creative Music Intensive, a ground-breaking cross-cultural residency created by the Australian Art Orchestra.

Held at Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands the cultural focus in 2017 will again engage with Korean rhythms, p’ansori, and Arnhem Land manikay (song). This year’s faculty will once again include the extraordinary p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong and traditional songmen Daniel and David Wilfred from Ngukkur in North East Arnhem Land, as well as stellar Seoul-based singer and composer Sunny Kim, who was raised in Korea and lived in New York for many years. The program will be co-directed by AAO Artistic Director Dr Peter Knight  (composer/trumpet), and Dr Simon Barker (drums). They will be joined by bassist Christopher Hale, and one of the foremost authorities on Yolngu (North East Arnhem Land) manikay and culture Dr Sam Curkpatrick. More faculty will be announced soon.

Now extended to thirteen-days, this practice-based residency will be made up of daily lectures, small ensemble workshops and open group practical sessions bringing together the extraordinary cultural traditions of North East Arnhem Land, Korean traditional p’ansori (Korean street opera), and daily Hohup (Korean rhythm) classes with Chris Hale and Simon Barker.

JK: The backdrop soundtrack was constructed by astrophysicist Professor Paul Francis. How did he become involved?
KW: I have been looking for a way to combine my passions in music and astronomy for some time and came across his website in which he has constructed a series of space sound mp3’s from NASA electromagnetic data. I have been in email contact with him and as he is based in Melbourne, he won’t be at the show but is happy to have his material used and enjoyed.

JK: There is also a visual element to the show with galactic projections – tell us about these.
KW: I have always enjoyed watching astronomy documentaries, especially when they include actual probe footage. And I found that there is a lot of this freely available on NASA’s website (as long as you acknowledge it, of course). We are using images from the Grail mission in 2012 to map the moon in detail, Cassini’s Saturn exploration from 1997-present, Mars Rover Curiosity from 2012, and various comet flyby such as Rosetta in 2004.

JK: What can the audience expect at your Sound Lounge show?
KW: A unique journey through space, sound and time.


Applications are open to musicians nationally and internationally. More information and the expression of interest form are on our website. To be considered for a place in the program, please submit your application prior to 5 May.