Tarra Valley Concerts
Live from the Rainforests of Tarra Bulga National Park in Victoria, Australia. Join me for 3 streamed guitar concerts, in 3 different locations, premiering my suite based upon the interpretation of a Dreamtime story of the GunaiKurnai Nation.
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Tiddalik and Woorayil Musical Suite
Concert Part 1: The Balance of Nature. November 5, 9 a.m (AEDT)
Concert Part 2: The Corroboree and the Punishments of the Bush Spirits. November 12, 3 p.m (AEDT)
Concert Part 3: The Creation of Waratah Bay. November 19, 3 p.m (AEDT
Enjoy 45 minutes of instrumental contemporary guitar music and the spoken storyline set in the Tarra Bulga Rainforest. Feel the music of the Australian bush, it’s spirits and embrace the wisdom of the GunaiKurnai People.
The story teaches us to listen to the birds, trees and animals of the bush and to learn how to form part of this natural balance without destroying it. It teaches us to learn from the wisdom of its ancient inhabitants that would still be here today living in the same manner as they had for over 30 thousand years, if it had not been for imposing on them, our contemporary need of wealth and gain. It teaches us to be one within nature.
Our audience is the forest. For some brief moments we will be the songmen of the bush, we will play and talk to the trees and birds, we will listen to their words and wisdom and for some brief moments be the Lyrebirds of this bush.
ARTIST AND PERFORMER
Thomas has released five solo instrumental albums in contemporary Jazz, Blues and Flamenco styles. His latest release Spanish Breeze debuted at #36 on the Top 50 JazzWeek World Music Album Charts in 2010 and was #32 on the College Music Journal Jazz Chart. The album features Grammy nominee Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Grateful Dead) on Bass, Dave Garfield (George Benson) on Keys, and Walfredo Reyes (Santana) on Drums, and was produced by Grammy nominee Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr).
As a composer he has received the commission by the UK national Arts Lottery in 1997 to compose the suite, of live acoustic music, called The Immigrant premiered at the Paul Mc Cartney Auditorium in Liverpool, UK, featuring a 38 piece ensemble and multimedia art works.