New Gurrumul & Sydney Symphony CD


ABC Music has announced the release of His Life And Music by Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  Recorded Live at the Sydney Opera House in May 2013 as part of the Vivid Festival, the album will be released physically and digitally on December 6.

The live recording features Gurrumul in a world-first collaboration with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing a collection of songs from his award winning albums.  Also included on the album are introductions from Gurrumul’s family that provide an insight into the people, the country and the stories behind some of his most popular songs.

Blind from birth, Gurrumul is a member of the Gumatj clan of Elcho Island, off the coast of tropical North East Arnhem Land. He quickly became known for singing about identity, spirit and connection with the land, its elements and his ancestors. Gurrumul first came to attention when he released his eponymous self-titled debut album in 2008, to international acclaim. It sold half a million copies worldwide, reaching triple platinum in Australia earning him fans as diverse and well-known as Elton John, and Sting.

The His Life And Music album will complement the hardback book of the same name, which was published in May 2013 by ABC Books.


1. Wiyathul
2. Welcome and Introduction
3. Bapa
4. Introduction
5. Djarimirri
6. Introduction
7. Djilawurr
8. Introduction
9. Marwurrumburr
10. Introduction
11. Baru
12. Introduction
13. Wukun
14. Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind)
15. Gathu Mawula

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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