Whaia holding her whale tooth flute

Call to the Whales

Let multi-instrumentalist and vocalist WHAIA Sonic Weaver be your guide as you surrender the gently powerful waves of sound from Michael Askill’s gong orchestra. This one-of-a-kind performance features Greta Kelly on shah kaman (Persian violin), stirring calls of Eastern Humpback whales, and ambient electronics from director/composer Corrina Bonshek. 

The music in this show is inspired by the life within our oceans, especially our friends the Whales.


Direction, co-composing, ambient electronics: Dr Corrina Bonshek

Lead performer, soloist, improvisers: Whaia Sonic Weaver, Dr Michael Askill, Greta Kelly

Local Performers: 6 gong players recruited locally.

Cultural Consultant: Aunty Te Raina Ferris.

Live Sound: Aaron Mason

Lighting: Blake Howson

Producer: Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators

Call to the Whales is an adaptation of Song to the Ocean, which was co-commissioned by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events and Fraser Coast Regional Council, with assistance of the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Presentation History

2023 | Northern Australian Festival of Arts, June 30-July 2. Jezzine Park. (as part of the larger show Song to the Ocean)

2023 | HOTA – Home of the Arts, May 13. Gold Coast. (as part of the larger show Song to the Ocean)

2021 | Hervey Bay Whale Festival, July 29-30. Seafront Oval, Pialba. (as part of the larger show Song to the Ocean)

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