Artwashing is the greater failure

It is with regret that we have been forced to withdraw our performance Fuel from Tempting Failure 2016 due to a late change in circumstances in the funding of the project. This development was unrelated to our commitment to fossil-free culture through this programme, and has no bearing whatsoever on the heroic originality of the festival nor the strength and support of our Partners.

It is exactly these sorts of disappointments in the unstable financing of the arts sector which tempt us to push the ethics of our process down the agenda, but even in the context of public funding cuts it is crucial for arts organisations to decide independently and openly: what funding are we prepared to accept? What should we refuse? What are we happy for our funding to do in the world?

It is our responsibility as artists to examine the humanity and the democracy of our time, and to mirror in ourselves the truth and justice we seek through our creative work. Thanks to everyone for your interest in this project and in Ruthless Jabiru’s continuing vision.

AusDay in the Apartment

Ruthless Jabiru will take to the West End next week as a headline act of this year’s AusDay in the Apartment. Part cabaret, part chat show, the orchestra will perform music by Peter Sculthorpe and Chris Williams ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/ausday-in-the-apartment/

Ruthless Jabiru commission shortlisted for 2014 Lithuanian music awards

Ruthless Jabiru’s recent commission Sandhi Prakash by Egidija Medekšaitė has been shortlisted for the 2014 awards of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union and Lithuanian Music Information Centre in both Composer of the Year and Performance of the Year categories. A live recording of the premiere from our programme The Past is now on Soundcloud:

Ruthless Jabiru to perform at Westfield

Ruthless Jabiru is to appear at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush this Sunday 25 May to promote the orchestra’s forthcoming performance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. An ensemble of Ruthless Jabiru’s players will perform at the Southern Terrace stage for Westfield Presents from 4:30pm. Westfield Presents is a unique programme of live music events every weekend at Westfield London, showcasing a range of local musical talent to play out the soundtrack to the weekend.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May courtesy of the orchestra’s Associate Sponsor Westfield and Creative Partner Sound and Music. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website

Ruthless Jabiru: The Past at the Australia Cultural Fund

Ruthless Jabiru’s forthcoming project The Past is now registered with the Australia Cultural Fund, allowing supporters to make tax-deductible donations towards the orchestra’s work. Support is welcome at any level by lodging a donation either online or by cheque, nominating Ruthless Jabiru as the preferred recipient. The Australia Cultural Fund, a subsidiary of Creative Partnerships Australia, has been assisting arts practitioners and bringing tax benefits to donors since 2003, with 100% of donations raised benefiting the registered artists.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Demand attention

Urban portraits by Melbourne artist Adnate will be the face of Ruthless Jabiru’s homage to Oodgeroo Noonuccal at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts this month in London, an echo of Oodgeroo’s line ‘the past is all around us’. Paying tribute to local indigenous communities has been a theme of his street art for many years and it is with pleasure that we welcome Adnate to the project.

Earlier this year Adnate was commissioned to paint a 23-metre high portrait of an Indigenous boy from the northern suburbs in Melbourne’s city centre. The gaze of the boy is looking directly towards Birrarung Marr, an important Aboriginal site, with the intention to connect the two locations. “Melbourne is a significant site for Indigenous culture and history, particularly the CBD,” he says. “A 23-metre high portrait is a great way to represent and empower.”

Adnate’s solo gallery show Beyond the Lands opened last week at Metro Callery in Melbourne and will run until early June. He is described as having transcended his origins as a graffiti artist, combining close studies of his subjects with skills learned on the street using aerosol and acrylic paints.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Coalface installation to debut at Bimblebox: art-science-nature

Ruthless Jabiru’s recordings for the Bimblebox Art Project Coalface are to debut at the official opening of Bimblebox: art-science-nature this week in Brisbane. Ruthless Jabiru performed text scores representing the calls of two of the 153 bird species under threat by mining: the black-necked stork also known as the jabiru, and the Australian bustard or bush turkey. The clips will be used within an installation soundtrack with contributions from musicians around the world in support of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Westfield to join Ruthless Jabiru as Associate Sponsor

Global retail giant Westfield is to join Ruthless Jabiru as an Associate Sponsor of the orchestra’s appearance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. As part of a wide entertainment and leisure offer, Westfield is a keen supporter of arts and culture in London, regularly playing host to cultural and musical events at its London centres and supporting both local and international artists. The recently established Westfield Presents platforms further secure the centres as a high profile destination for events and celebrity performances.

Myf Ryan, Director of Marketing for UK & Europe said: “Westfield, as a long term supporter of music and culture in London, is delighted to support Ruthless Jabiru through their performance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. We are also incredibly proud of our support for aspiring and established artists on our Westfield Presents stages and we look forward to welcoming Ruthless Jabiru to that platform.”

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Ruthless Jabiru to headline Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts

Ruthless Jabiru will be a lead collaborator in the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts in London next month, performing a programme honouring Australian poet and political activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal on Saturday 31 May.

The programme will centre around The Past, an orchestral song for countertenor by Australian composer Andrew Ford, combining Oodgeroo’s poem of the same name with James Cook’s diaries of his contact with the First Australians. The programme will include Altjiranga Mitjina by Chris Williams, its title translated from the Arrernte language as “the timeless dimension of dreams”; an idea at the heart of Oodgeroo’s poem. The two Australian works will be offset by British music in Neoclassical style by Michael Tippett and Tansy Davies, alongside the world premiere of Sandhi Prakash by Egidija Medekšaité, commissioned by Ruthless Jabiru through the Sound and Music Portfolio scheme. The orchestra will perform in the Grade I listed Chapel at Kings College London, joined by award-winning Australian countertenor Russell Harcourt. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Ruthless Jabiru to join Bimblebox Art Project

Ruthless Jabiru has been invited to be part of a project in aid of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central-west Queensland, where 153 bird species are under threat by a long-wall and open-cut coal mining proposal. The installation has been devised by visual artist Alison Clouston and sound artist Boyd in conjunction with the Bimblebox Art Project. Alison and Boyd have compiled mnemonics and onomatopoeias for the 153 birds under threat, to be interpreted as text compositions by 153 musicians and combined to form the installation soundtrack. The goal of the project is to highlight the threat to the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, to document Bimblebox creatively, and to show Australians and the world what we are at risk of losing. The installation will tour at least eight venues across four Australian states. We will be sharing audio from Ruthless Jabiru’s contribution to the project in the weeks ahead.