Bambula - Paul Grabowsky and the Wilfred Brothers
2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
25th January 2018
Presented by City Recital Hall and Sydney Festival, Bambula means many things. It signifies a ceremonial ground, a sacred site, and the place from which things originate. In the words of Daniel Wilfred, 'it is the place where the ancestor’s fingers touched the ground'. David and Daniel Wilfred perform ceremony over a wide swathe of S.E. Arnhem Land. The songs they perform, called manikay, are portals through space and time, bringing the time of beginnings, Dreamtime, into the present. Over 15 years, Paul Grabowsky has worked with the Wilfred clan, including various iterations of Crossing Roper Bar with the Australian Art Orchestra, and the award-winning Nyilipidgi with the Monash Art Ensemble. These were performances for ensembles ranging from a handful of players to 20. With Bambula, Grabowsky has reduced the sonic palette down to essentials. The haunting voice of Daniel Wilfred, the masterful yidaki playing of David Wilfred, and Grabowsky on his existential mirror, the piano.