Heart of the House
Sunday, 30 Apr 2023
Parliament Drive, ACT 2600
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Above Giurgola’s building a central flagpole has become Canberra’s dominant landmark. Beneath that pole a number of beautiful spaces provide the setting for a musical encounter between past and present. This exclusive event includes the Yuin women of Djilama Yilaga and three exceptional young musicians at the cusp of great careers.
This concert is supported by Margaret Reid AO and Marjory Kobold
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Artist Djinama Yilaga Choir
Djinama Yilaga is a First Nations Choir from the far south coast of NSW led by Walbunga/Ngarigo artist, Cheryl Davison. Djinama Yilaga is an intergenerational choir who sing stories of their life and culture as they revitalise the dhurga language through song. Djinama Yilaga was formed in 2019. Bringing the choir together was a way to heal for this group by share stories of culture and country through music and song but most importantly learning the language of their ancestors. Djinama Yilaga have over the last three years performed at Four Winds concerts, Cobargo Folk Festival, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and most recently performed at the AGNSW Sydney Modern Project.
Artist Katie Yap
Katie grew up playing the violin and piano in her hometown of Brisbane. Shortly before starting her Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland (UQ), she fell in love with the viola and has never looked back since! Katie studied with Patricia Pollett at UQ, graduating with Honours and a University Medal in 2011. She then spent three years studying at the Australian National Academy of Music under Caroline Henbest and Christopher Moore.
Katie likes to keep her musical life varied, and her favourite kind of music making is with chamber groups. She is violist in the Chrysalis Harp Trio (2019 ANAM Artists), early music chamber groups Ironwood Ensemble and The Muses’ Delight, and joined the Australian String Quartet in 2016 in programs of quintets and sextets. In 2017, Katie spent a month in Central Queensland touring with the Orpheus Club, presenting 10 public concerts, 8 schools concerts and workshops, and recording four new Australian works. In 2018, she joined Van Diemen’s Band in a national tour of chamber music of the late baroque period, including performances at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and UKARIA Cultural Centre.
Katie Yap is supported by Peter Wise
Artist Flora Carbo
Flora Carbo is a Melbourne based saxophonist who is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young artists in the Australian jazz scene.
Having studied with Julien Wilson, Melissa Aldana, Jeff Clayton and Scott McConnachie, Flora has performed extensively in Melbourne and around Australia and at festivals including Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival and the Stonnington Jazz Festival.
Recently completing a Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) at the University of Melbourne, she has worked with world renowned artists including pianists Barney McAll and Andrea Keller, as well composing and playing with The Rest Is Silence, AAALTO and the Flora Carbo Trio (who released their debut album ‘Erica’ in 2018).
In May 2017 she won the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship at the Generations in Jazz Festival, in 2016 she was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the National Jazz Awards.
Flora was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2019 and 2018 and as a finalist for the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2019 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. In 2018, Flora toured internationally with the ‘Company 2’ circus production ‘Scotch and Soda’ and participated in the 2019 Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, Canada. Flora’s sophomore recording ‘VOICE’ was released in April 2020.