Multi-talented visual artist and musician Babak, from Iran, will collaborate with Ethernet Orchestra, led by musician and researcher Dr Roger Mills, for a series of special performances at the Parramatta Lanes Festival 2015. Babak came to Australia as a refugee and he receives support from SSI’s Humanitarian Services Program.
Mersedeh and Babak on stage at the New Beginnings Festival in June.
Ethernet Orchestra is a music ensemble exploring intercultural improvisatory collaboration through internet based networked audio-visual technology.
Responding to the festival theme of food and the vibrant multicultural nature of Parramatta, Ethernet Orchestra and the University of New England (UNE) will present a program of live improvised music performances featuring local cross-cultural musicians performing with UNE staff and students in Armidale and Parramatta via the internet.
For the Parramatta Lanes program, audiences will be treated with an eclectic mix of intercultural improvised music and sounds that include highly skilled musicians Babak and Mersedeh, who are from refugee backgrounds, performing with acclaimed musicians Roger Mills, Alana Blackburn and Donna Hewitt.
“Working with Mersedeh and Babak has provided new learning experiences for everyone in the Ethernet Orchestra ensemble”, Dr Roger Mills said. “It just goes to show that music creates a bridge between cultures to communicate that which language cannot”.
The concerts are free to attend and seek to demonstrate how increased connectivity can be the inspiration for shared cultural and musical experiences across distance.
“As the Internet connects people, places and things, it can also provide opportunities for new cultural dialogues between people who wouldn’t otherwise meet”, Dr Roger Mills said.
Wednesday October 7, 7pm
Friday October 9, 6.30pm and 8.00pm
Level 1, Auditorium, UNE Future Campus
232 Church Street, Parramatta.