Voices of exile – music of refugees, migrants, and Displaced Persons. With guest artist Odal Al Khatib.


The Song Company presents a collaborative revoicing of the stories of exile in the Levant and beyond with guest artist Oday Al Khatib.

Friday 17 March | Sydney, Yellow House PREVIEW | 7.00pm
Saturday 18 March | Blackheath Uniting Church | 3.00pm
Tuesday 21 March | The Crypt, St Mary’s Cathedral | 7.30pm
Thursday 23 March | Berry Uniting Church Hall | 2.00pm
Friday 24 March | Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra | 7.00pm
Saturday 25 March | Wollongong Art Gallery | 3pm
Tuesday 28 March | Deakin Edge, Melbourne | 7.30pm
Thursday 30 March | Newcastle Conservatorium | 7.00pm

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The second program in the 2017 season The Attraction of Opposites: linked with the Road to Jericho project in the UK and the Middle East, and the work of Oday Al Khatib’s ensemble Dal’Ouna, these culturally discordant but sonically delightful musical forces present audiences with both Western and non-Western repertoire in a program of an intimate and accessible nature, with evocative tunes from Ramallah and Passiontide polyphony including both sets of Thomas Tallis The Lamentations of Jeremiah.

In 2003 viola-player and composer Ramzi Aburedwan, founder of the Al Kamandjati music school, came across a young boy in the Al Fawwar refugee camp in Palestine, who possessed an incredible singing voice. Oday Al Khatib was just 14 when he took to the stage for the first time and has since recorded and toured with various Arabic music ensembles across Europe. This will be his first time performing in Australia. Oday was recently held in prison on suspicion of throwing stones at soldiers, a charge which was dropped. “He sings in the prison, and everyone listens to him... he is singing the songs he first sang, the songs that he sang for his brothers when they were in prison and when he first started singing.”

The Song Company’s Artistic Director Antony Pitts met Oday and Ramzi in 2010 as part of the Road to Jericho project in the UK and the Middle East, and composed a cantata specially for Oday and Ramzi’s ensemble Dal’Ouna. Whereas European compositions from the last millennium derive from a tradition of rich musical harmony and polyphony (simultaneous use of different pitches), Arabic music relies far more on monody and heterophony (single vocal lines with complex embellishments) using differently-tuned scales. In Sticks & Stones – a totally a cappella program – the vocal forces of Oday and The Song Company come together in a culturally discordant but sonically delightful sequence of intimate and accessible music, including evocative tunes from Ramallah, and extraordinary Passiontide polyphony lamenting the fall of Jerusalem.

PROGRAM:
Arrangements of Ramzi Aburedwan and Arabic song
Passiontide polyphony including Thomas Tallis The Lamentations of Jeremiah, Henry Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences, and Allegri’s spine-tingling Miserere – at a higher pitch than usual.


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