Journalist, historian and naturalist living in Perth's eastern suburbs.
Published February 24th 2020
Update March 18th 2020
KARIJINI EXPERIENCE 2020 CANCELLED
A once in a lifetime musical experience under a Pilbara sky
The renowned Narli Ensemble will perform Kimberley Echoes in Kalamina Gorge.
Listening to music in the natural amphitheatre of Kalamina Gorge in the heart of Karijini National Park in the Pilbara is a bucket list experience. This year, the gorge will be the setting for the highly acclaimed Kimberley Echoes, performed by The Narli Ensemble on April 16.
The collaboration featuring Stephen Pigram on guitar and vocals, Erkki Veltheim on violin, Stephen Magnusson on guitar, Mark Atkins on didgeridoo and vocals, Tristen Parr on cello, Joe Talia on percussion and Tos Mahoney on flute is curated by Tura New Music.
The gorge with its little waterfall, trickling stream, breeze rustling the leaves on the trees and the occasional bird call, combined with the superb acoustics of the gorge has been the setting for several memorable Karijini Experience performances in past years.
Didgeridoo supremo Mark Atkins is part of The Narli Ensemble.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, a West Australian Symphony Orchestra string quartet and Mark Atkins on didgeridoo, renowned soprano Deborah Cheetham and baritone Matthew Reese and the Wirlarra Ensemble are among the handful of musicians who've played in the gorge.
And with a capacity of less than 150 people, the music in the gorge events are something very few people get to enjoy.
Kimberley Echoes is a cross-cultural celebration of the Kimberley, which neighbours the Pilbara, and combines the talents of Aboriginal artists Pigram and Atkins with some of Australia's finest instrumentalists.
The audience gathers in Kalamina Gorge. Picture: Elly Ukale
With songs written by Pigram and Atkins, the music is a reflection of the beauty and complexity of the Kimberley. Atkins, who has performed many times at the Karijini Experience is recognised as one of Australia's finest didgeridoo players.
A descendant of WA's Yamitji people and Irish/Australian heritage Atkins has built a reputation as a masterful storyteller and instrument maker.
Stephen Pigram from Broome is well known as part of folk/rock band The Pigram Brothers and in 2006, along with his brother Alan, was the first indigenous artists inducted into the West Australia Music Industry's Hall of Fame.
Looking down to the audience in spectacular Kalamina Gorge. Picture: Elly Ukale
Stephen Magnusson is considered one of Australia's finest guitarists, Tristen Parr is a versatile performer with both acoustic and electric cello, violinist Errki Veltheim has played in ensembles all over the world, Tos Mahoney, flautist and Tura Artistic Director is also passionate about northern Western Australia and Melbourne-born percussionist Joe Talia is a virtuoso drummer.
Tickets for the concert which runs from 3pm to 4.30pm are $125.
Kalamina Gorge is one of Karijini's most picturesque with a five-minute walk down a steep track to the base of the gorge.
Allow 45 minutes to drive the 24km from the Karijini National Park Visitor Centre to the gorge as the road can be quite rough and recommended for 4WD vehicles only.
To drive from Tom Price will take about 1hr 15 mins.