Song to the Earth III Gong Experience

Experience the powerful waves of sound from Michael Askill’s gong orchestra with Greta Kelly’s haunting Persian violin or Shah Kaman. Composer Corrina Bonshek imagines the gongs as like the voice of the earth, releasing powerful waves of sound out to the universe. She explains: ‘In our busy, fast-paced modern lives, it is too easy to forget how to simply ‘be’, to give attention to our innerscape and yet be present or attuned to others.’

Audience are free to move, go on their own sound adventure and hear the gongs up close or from the edges of the space. Often audiences like to lie down and listen with eyes closed. 

This three-dimensional listening experience is inspired by rhythms and patterns in nature. 

Song to the Earth III Highlights
Song to the Earth III Full Work Filmed at Phoenix Central Park


Music Composition & Direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek

Touring Performers: Dr Michael Askill, Greta Kelly

Local Performers: 6 gong players recruited locally.

Local Crew: Sound engineer

Producer: Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators

Song to the Earth was originally co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources.

Presentation History

2022 | Boom International Festival of Percussion, Sydney Town Hall, 1 October. Staged adaptation.

2022 | Logan’s Kingston Butter Factory, September.

2022 | Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redlands, May.

2019 | Rainforest Fringe Festival, Sarawak Malaysia, 11 & 12 July. Adaptation with The Tuyang Initiative featuring Kayan Parap

2019 | Phoenix Central Park, April.

2018 | Flowstate, Southbank Corporation – Southbank Brisbane. 17-20 May.

2018 | Festival 2018, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games & Bleach Festival 2018  – Palm Beach Parklands. 7-8 April.

Presenter Info

Song to the Earth III is available for presentation in 2024 and 2025.

Email 0435 247 874

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Song to the Earth III at Sydney Town Hall for Boom International Festival of Percussion 2022
Song to the Earth III – Outdoor performance as part of Song to the Earth staged at Palm Beach Parklands for Bleach* Festival 20218

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