About This Event
Mission Songs Project
With special guests Inka Marka
"…profoundly moving…the entire collection is sublime" Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian
Presented by Jessie Lloyd, Mission Songs Project is performed as a quartet with a range of Indigenous performers from around Australia. Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.
Searching for the family songs that were sung around the kitchen table, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.
Performed as a vocal quartet, Jessie presents a rare performance style found only in Indigenous communities; such as family gatherings, social events or yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling, a major component of the performance, gives historical context and personal experiences into the tunes sung from the missions era, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.
Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.
Brand New Collaboration
Mission Songs Project in collaboration with Andean folk band Inka Marka will present a unique performance featuring the language of Gunggangi woman Elverina Johnson of Yarrabah and Elena Gonzalez of Argentina.
Elverina Johnson a highly respected Gurugulu and Indinji Gimuy woman from Yarrabah in far north Queensland and one of Australia’s most highly respected Indigenous artists.
Elena Gonzalez is a talented tango singer, dancer, teacher and performer who has performed in Australia, South America, Europe and Asia with diverse artists, including Andreas Tordai, Fabian Neprias, Naoko Aoki and the Berlin Tango Community Orchestra.
Under the musical direction of Jessie Lloyd, the artists share connections of Indigenous peoples of Australia and South America through the popular folk piece Misa Criolla.
Musically exploring the introduction of Christianity and performing moments of cultural resilience, spiritual adaptations and creative expression.
About Inka Marka
Inka Marka are one of Australia’s best known and respected World Music Folk groups performing regularly around Australia, the Pacific and Asia.
With performances at WOMAD Singapore, the world renowned Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, Taiwan Pintong Festival, Thailand International Music festival and performances throughout New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, & China, Inka Marka deliver an amazing cultural experience. Inka Marka will join forces with the Mission Songs Project to present sections of the Misa Criolla.
Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Jessie Lloyd Music
This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.
Thanks to our 2019 partners
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