Song To The Earth feat. Kayan Parap

The Old Court House

11 - 12 JULY
7:00PM - 7:30PM &
8:30PM - 9:00PM


Come and enjoy the stirring, groundbreaking musical cross-country collaboration between Adrian Jo Milang and musicians from Australia.

Adrian Jo Milang, currently the youngest practitioner of the ancient and dying Kayan oral tradition of the Parap and Takna’ (poetic storytelling), in collaboration with Dr Corrina Bonshek (an award-winning Australian composer trained by composers with a deep and enduring connection to Asia), iconic Australian percussionist Michael Askill, Persian violinist Greta Kelly (Australia), gong players from Sarawak & Kuala Lumpur (including Souls Impact Percussion), and a Tukang Habe (traditional Kayan chorus members) will present Song to the Earth - a magical, immersive live music event that is not to be missed. Co-produced by The Tuyang Initiative.


Music Composition & Artistic Direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek

Parap Composition: Adrian Jo Milang

Performers (Australia): Dr Michael Askill, Greta Kelly

Performers (Sarawak): Tukang Parap - Adrian Jo Milang, Tukang Habe (Chorus) - Anye Imut, Ngo, Gong Players - Ashly Nandong, Innochi Austin, Abednego Sherrif Performers (Kuala Lumpur): Souls Impact Percussion - Chin Chun Ket, Zac Tan & Tiong Jun Ying

Producers: Corrina Bonshek, Juvita Tatan Wan (The Tuyang Initiative)


Special thanks to The Tuyang Initiative (representation for Adrian Jo Milang, Tukang Habe and Gong Players from Sarawak).


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts and funding and advisory body. It is also supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.  

Song to the Earth was originally co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources, and had first stage creative development as part of Inherit the Wind, a collaborative and community engaged performance project directed and produced by Meredith Elton.

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