Samuel Wagan Watson: Smoke Encrypted Whispers
- Unit Price
Smoke Encrypted Whispers is a sequence of 23 poems by the leading Australian indigenous poet Samuel Wagan Watson that pairs the Brisbane-born writer's texts with succinct musical commentaries - part reflection, part response - by 23 of the poet's Brisbanite composer peers.
What results - in a performance by the musicians of Southern Cross Soloists interspersed with readings of the individual poems by the distinguished Australian actor Ron Haddrick - is a variegated tapestry given cohesion and coherence by the multiple interwoven threads of Watson's words. Smoke Encrypted Whispers presents tales of the poet's own interior dreamtime and depth of feeling to produce a vivid and touching picture of growing up in suburban Brisbane.
While offering one revealing insight after another into the spirituality of displaced indigenous experience in contemporary urban Australia, Watson's poetry taps into a potent mythology that predates the settled history of the continent - as well alluding to the fears, heartbreaks, hopes and humour that are universal rather than isolated qualities. Through it, we are invited into a magical universe veiled behind the obfuscating layers of our mundane existence.
The 23 composers are Tom Adeney, Damian Barbeler, William Barton, Betty Beath, Gerard Brophy, Lisa Cheney, Peter Clarke, Stephen Cronin, Robert Davidson, Paul Dean, Louis Denson, John Gilfedder, Ralph Hultgren, Michael Knopf, Stephen Leek, Mary Mageau, Freeman McGrath, Richard Mills, Sean O'Boyle, Peter Rankine, Marianne Scholem, Stephen Stanfield and Toby Wren.
Personnel: Southern Cross Soloists, Ron Haddrick (narrator)
The State Opera of South Australia & Asher Fisch
Asher Fisch State Opera
The State Opera Of South Australia & Asher Fisch
Folksong Arrangements (Sacd)
Sarah Webster Fabio
Sarah Webster Fabio
Seamus Heaney & John Montague
Southern Cross Soloists & Ron Haddrick