Song To The Earth feat. Kayan Parap at Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019

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Feel the waves of gong sounds reverberate through your body. Hear the soaring melody of Shah Kaman or Persian violin like a bird in flight. Be moved by the lament of a Kayan warrior.

Song to the Earth is classical composer Dr Corrina Bonshek’s imagining of the voice of the earth. Inspired by cycles and patterns in nature, it speaks to the ecological challenges faced today. The Parap sung by Adrian and his elders brings a message of loss of ancestral indigenous knowledge.

 The Tuyang Initiative representation: Adrian Jo Milang, Tukang Habe and Gong Players from Sarawak.

Parap & Takna’ performer Adrian Jo Milang (Malaysia), iconic Australian percussionist Dr Michael Askill (Australia), Persian Violinist Greta Kelly (Australia), and a team of gong players for a stirring music experience under the night sky.


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) – Hulo Laing, Anye Emut, Mujan Nyeigok; 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)

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s 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

”A powerful performance that delivers on its promise to draw you in. The marriage of Kayan poetic singing (Parap), gongs, and shah kaman (Persian violin) made this performance one of the most hauntingly beautiful and most talked about pieces from the festival. The collaborative effort of the team from Australia and Sarawak (Malaysia) is a winner.


Tuyang are professional and dynamic community-led team. They are highly-skilled and creative proponents in the development of Dayak cultural heritage, and a major champion of its community talents and practitioners. Such a joy to work with.”


Joe Sidek

Festival Director, Rainforest Fringe Festival (Sarawak, Malaysia)



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