Spinifex Gum. Australian Made.
Spinifex Gum is an ever evolving musical collaboration. A distinctly Australian experience, it’s made up of the sounds of the red earth, the voices of Marliya of the Gondwana choirs, and the collective voice of this country. It's made of languages, new and old, and the wrongs that wait to be righted. Of passion, fight and love. It's made from all things Australian.
This powerful and sonically innovative project entwines voices, sound and movement in the spirit of change.
Created by The Cat Empire's Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill for Marliya, the Cairns-based Indigenous choir drawn from Gondwana Choirs. Led by their Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM and choreographed by Deborah Brown, Spinifex Gum is equal parts provocative and uplifting. A one of a kind performance intended to inspire national dialogue through music, with song cycles that reflect the dramatic contrasts of Australian life.
What began with a journey to the Pilbara in 2014, has captured the region’s local tales and characters, true stories of racism and injustice, and the legacies of colonization. Riebl and McGill’s songs unite a choir of young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi, alongside found sound samples of the Pilbara – rustling leaves, bouncing basketballs and chugging iron ore trains, as well as modern dance to create a dynamic and disarming performance.
While profound in content and style, Spinifex Gum is first and foremost a human project, not a political one. One that seeks change by creating an empathy only the arts can. One that examines the problems and preconceived ideas inherent to this country. And that above all, celebrates the talent of our indigenous youth, who’s individuality, laughter, friendship and voices have inspired this unique collaboration.