Representing diversity Australia's most significant music event of the year
Mahmood Khan will be the first Asian artist to record original songs with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra when the musical powerhouses combine for a recording on 16 April at Trackdown Studios.
The Willoughby Symphony is Australia's most outstanding community orchestra. Established in 1965 the symphony has one of the highest subscription renewal rates of any orchestra in the nation and a passion for supporting diverse and up and coming musicians.
The recording will feature songs written by Khan and a score by Doug Emery, while Willoughby Symphony Choir alumni David Griffin conducts.
"I find immense value in this collaboration. Music has been and remains a fantastic way to communicate across cultures. By combining Mahmood's unique style with the big orchestral sound, we're creating an experience that crosses borders. Such cultural bridges are as important in today's world as they have ever been," David said.
Joining the impressive line-up is Aboriginal female choir Gambirra Mob. "It is a delight to be invited on board this collaborative project. Mahmood's concept resonates with us. As members of the GAMBIRRA MOB; respecting and embracing multiculturalism is what we are all about," founder Gambirra Illume said. "The MOB represent diversity. We empower, educate and inspire each other and our audience. As I would say, where words fail – music speaks. We are a global collective, interconnected,"
The project is Khan's first time working with a professional symphony. "It really is a dream come true to be recording with a symphony orchestra," Khan said. "The songs selected for this project are very melodic, especially one song called 'Jagamarra/Eternity Return' which was inspired by the first Aboriginal friend I made in Australia and is named after him. I am honored to be recording with an Aboriginal choir which resonated with me spiritually at many different levels,' he said.
The project has already received praise from industry heavyweights including Desert Song Festival, C31 Melbourne and Channel 44 in Adelaide.
"Mahmood's musical collaboration celebrates humanity, merging ancient classical, diverse Australian vibrations into loving symbiosis," Lou Chapman General Manager of Desert Song Festival said.
The recording will be released on Spotify and Youtube in May.