Baayami: from the Sky (Graphical Musical Score) Picture

The ancients of prehistoric Australia were a mystic people, a nomadic culture rich in animistic reverence. In order to trace the footsteps of their forbears, the original inhabitants of Sydney, Australia, walked the lines of stars and song as a homage to the elders with the promise of survival. Engravings of astrological maps, shamanistic symbology and petroglyphic markings are the final remnants of this aged guild of celestial worship. Baayami is a contemporary adaptation of a musical reading of the Sydney Rock Engravings, with respect to the real and the imaginary, this is a work of fictional historical recreation.

In this musical exploration of Aboriginal symbology, songlines and petroglyphs are combined with the sonic qualities of the European avant-garde and the inherent aesthetic qualities of the Modern Saxophone. Listeners are called upon to imagine the following, during the performance of this work:

“A lonely nomad, an elder, a mystic, a musical artisan, is scouting along the ancient trails and song lines of an ancient lineage. Those that have come before have left their mark, in sound and refrain. On the journey, this wandering soul come across a foreign, alien-like device, abandoned against a sacred tree, glistening in the unforgiving sun. This strange weapon is like nothing our solitary warrior has ever seen. Made of a strange smooth rock, covered in holes and trap doors, crooked and misshapen; certainly this is a tool made by the gods. Curious and amazed, the elder slowly takes hold of the porous golden club, inspects it thoroughly and slyly applies a breath of air to the narrow wooden end. It makes a sound, a loud, warm bellow, like the shriek of a hallowed swap monster. It’s the voice of the dreaming. Armed with the large, bright, Alien-Yadaki, our nomad now continues on the journey of the songlines, emboldened by this new wielding. The foreign device now speaks as the voice of the ancestors, amplifying the hidden songlines, a mystic voice through a contemporary vessel; Bayaami is transformed. The sound of an animistic religion, its devotees and proponents are here recontextualised; the forms of an ancient art are now channelled through the soul of the Saxophone.”


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