The Northern Rivers Conservatorium, in association with Musica Viva Australia, is pleased to present a special event in its Concert Room on Friday 28th April at 7PM, Women Of Song. An innovative new show developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd of Mission Songs Project, it includes themes of intergenerational practices, singing on and from country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the world’s oldest living culture.

As creative producer, Jessie Lloyd brings together the artists for each tour, uniquely shaping the performance to the location: some will be well-known, others are exciting new talent. Women of Song is an amazing opportunity to experience First Nations cultural practices in music from the women who practise them: this culture exists in contemporary music, and these First Nations women are leading it.

The audience listens in as three First Nations singers and a moderator have a conversation. Someone’s story may remind someone else of a song, or a favourite popular song might start a discussion among them all. Each conversation and each performance will be unique, as the women explore live on stage how their songs preserve the social, cultural, and environmental shifts of a community, deepening connections to country, genealogy, and custom.

Hailing from a musical family, Jessie’s father Joe Geia is a pioneer of Aboriginal protest songs and composed the Aboriginal anthem ‘Yil Lull’. A composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, she is a committed song-keeper of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, dedicated to the continuation of song traditions through these presentations. Jessie has travelled Australia consulting with elders, collaborating with peers and nurturing Indigenous songs that reflect a 21st-century Indigenous narrative.

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium will continue to offer free tickets to flood-affected members of our community through 2023. We have many more fantastic events lined up in our Concert Room and other venues in Lismore. Stay tuned!

WHEN: Friday 28th April, 7PM
WHERE: Northern Rivers Conservatorium Concert Room
COST: $16.50/$27.50/$33