Music composed by Tony Lewis for the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre. The works on this disc, commissioned by the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, deal with the meeting points between Aboriginal and European societies and the ways in which Aboriginal people interact with the contemporary Australian society.
Tony Lewis is a non-aboriginal musician, composer and producer strongly dedicated to the preservation and development of Aboriginal culture. Lewis plays keyboards, percussion and other exotic string and wind instruments; while the evocative sounds of the didgeridoo, bass and tenor saxophones; voice, electric guitar, cello, shakuhachi, birds and frogs can be heard in various places throughout.
Tony Lewis survives in Sydney as a percussionist, pianist, composer, teacher and recording producer, working primarily in the fields of indigenous and multicultural musics and music for contemporary dance.
“This is basically edgy, experimental music written specifically for the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre. It has a life of its own beyond the actual dance performances because of Lewis's extraordinary ability to make his music visual ... There is a great and haunting vitality about this music.”
— Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
- Tony Lewis · keyboards, percussion, exotic wind and string instruments, studio processing
- Graham Blanco · didjeridu · track 1
- Kim Sanders · tenor saxophone · track 1
- Ben Ewald · baritone and soprano saxophones · track 2
- Ron Keelan · extra percussion · track 2
- Michael Dowson · voice · track 2
- Broc O'Connor · electric guitar · track 3
- Michael Hodson · bass guitar drone · track 5
- John Napier · cello · track 5
- Riley Kelly Lee · shakuhachi · track 6
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This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.