Yolngu Crying for the Land

by Bärra Band & Anne Norman

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An impromptu jam session in a rehearsal room at Yolngu Radio station in 2015. I was visiting my friend Gaia in Nhulunbuy, who introduced me to members of the Bärra Band, and they invited me in to jam together just one hour before I was to fly back to Darwin.

I am playing a long (2.4) shakuhachi with the voices of Sebastian Guyundula Burarrwanga and Dion Marimanul Gurruwiwi.
Thanks for this fabulous chance to play with you.

The following year I performed with Sebastian and his uncle—senior Songman Jason Gurruwiwi at the 2016 Tunnel Number Five: festival of underground music in Darwin.

Check it out: tunnelnumberfive.com


listener feedback:

“Thank you for this beautiful music. I have listed to this track multiple times in recent months and am always completely swept away by it. It is unlike anything else, and truly conjures the unspeakable magic of Yolngu country.”  Luna Ma Narama


released July 15, 2016
song and lyrics written by Larrtjannga Gurruwiwi
Bärra (West Wind) band
Singers: Sebastian Guyundula Burarrwanga; Dion Marimanuk Gurruwiwi
Keyboard: Andrew Gayalnga Gurruwiwi
Bass: Adrian Guyundu Gurruwiwi
Drums: Andrew Dhamarrand Grimes
Shakuhachi: Anne Norman


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Anne M Norman Melbourne, Australia

Anne is a shakuhachi player performing in a wide range of music. Anne trained in Japan in 3 lineages with Nakamura Shindo, Tajima Tadashi and Yamaguchi Goro. She has played since 1986 (following 14 years of playing silver flute). Some of Anne's albums are available as Compact Disks.
CD orders: absurdpublications.com/products-in-shop/cds/
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