RISING 2021 Podcast

The Rivers Sing with Deborah Cheetham AO and Daniel Browning

The voice of the rivers, the Birrarung and Maribyrnong, converge in colonial tragedy
featuring Prof. Deborah Cheetham AO and Daniel Browning

Acclaimed opera singer Deborah Cheetham imagines the bodies of water, the Birrarung and Maribyrnong, as she channels their significance in her song, remembrance and calling for The Rivers Sing. In a conversation with journalist Daniel Browning, we hear how the lapping water evokes the tides of a tragic history for First Nations people and asks who is really listening?


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Episode Credits:
Created by Litmus Media
Producer: Mahmood Fazal
Assistant Producer: Daniel Stewart
Editor: Eugene Yang Mastering
Engineer: Geoffrey O’Connor
Engineer: Craig Bryant
Music: Dan Luscombe
Additional Music: Deborah Cheetham AO, Byron J Scullin and Thomas Supple (The Rivers Sing)

The Rivers Sing at RISING 2021
Deborah Cheetham AO, Byron J Scullin and Thomas Supple

RISING’s call in the heart of the city. A large-scale sonic artwork uniting the suburbs, the city and Country with the people who call them home.

Hear the water swirl and flow. Its currents chanting all around you. The rivers are singing now, in the first and last light of the day.

Over 6 weeks in the lead-up to RISING, The Rivers Sing will wind its way along the Birrarung and Maribyrnong rivers, collecting and layering the voices of singers, in this large-scale sonic artwork composed by acclaimed opera singer Deborah Cheetham AO, with artists Thomas Supple and Byron J. Scullin.

As their journey comes to an end, the voices swell in the heart of Birrarung, uniting an urban environment of concrete and glass and the landscape that lies beneath. Echoing from the water across the streets of our city. This is our call—head to an ancient meeting place on the river’s banks at sunrise and sunset, and hear a song for the stories yet to come.

The Rivers Sing began its journey down the Birrarung and Maribyrnong at the TarraWarra Museum of Art for the 2021 Biennial.

Visit the RISING website for more information on The Rivers Sing.


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