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"Guluu" for Violin and Magpie

by Keyna Wilkins

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"Guluu" for violin and Magpie. Composed by Keyna Wilkins 2020 and performed by violinist Airena Nakamura. Guluu" (or Australian Magpie in the First Nations Gamilaroi language from Northern NSW) is one of Australia's most well-known songbirds with an array of complex vocalisations. “According to the Mandalbingu people, a long time ago the sky was very close to the Earth and it was dark. Everyone had to crawl about the earth in darkness. The intelligent magpies decided that if they worked together
they could raise the sky upwards to create more room for all. They did this by lifting the sky upwards by using long sticks. As they pushed the sky even higher it suddenly split open to usher in the first sunrise. The blanket
of darkness broke up into fragments and drifted away as clouds. The magpies burst into song and from that time onwards they have greeted the sunrise with their warbling song.” - (Ragbir Bhathal, Aboriginal Astronomy)


released March 5, 2021

"Guluu" for violin and Magpie. Composed by Keyna Wilkins 2020 and recorded by Airena Nakamura at A Sharp Studios by Matt Stewart. Commissioned by Dianne Finnegan. The composition includes spoken words and wild magpie field recordings obtained with permission from Wild Ambience: wildambience.com. Sheet music published by Wirripang.


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Keyna Wilkins Sydney, Australia

Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. She was one of three finalists for the Australian Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence in 2021 and 2018 (APRA/AMCOS). She has written over 60 art music compositions that are published by Wirripang and performed internationally. She has released 9 albums of original music. www.keynawilkins.com ... more


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