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Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers


Works by Ngarra-Burria Artists

The works listed on this page are those written by Ngarra-Burria program participants and alumni, including works commissioned from the program itself, as well as new works commissioned and written after their participation in the program.

We thank Christopher Sainsbury and mentors Jessica Wells, James Henry, Kevin Hunt and Kim Cunio as well as Ensemble Offspring for their collaboration in realising these works. We also thank Claire Edwardes for updating and Dan Poole for typesetting many of these compositions.

Eric Avery

  • Eagle and Crow: for 2 violins, marimba and cello
  • Wind (Of Ancestors): for violin & marimba
  • Gliding: for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone & cello
  • Eric Avery - biography


    Rhyan Clapham

  • Drum Dreamer
  • Pitara Yaan Murawariki
  • Talk To Me, I'm Listening
  • Rhyan Clapham - biography


    Brenda Gifford

  • Mungala (Clouds): for alto flute and percussion
  • Gambambara (Seasons)
  • Plover Bird
  • Bardju (Footprints)
  • Djana (Talk)
  • Brenda Gifford - biography


    Tim Gray

  • Lupe’s Waltz: for soprano and piano
  • Serial Killer's Mind Part 1
  • Serial Killer's Mind Part 2

  • Tim Gray - biography


    Will Kepa

  • Ailan Opping
  • Will Kepa - biography


    Troy Russell

  • New Home/Hymn
  • Nucoorilma (The Apple Tree)
  • River Life
  • Troy Russell - biography


    Nardi Simpson

  • Wilga’s Last Dance : Last melody of the area
  • Burrugu
  • Of Stars and Birds
  • Nardi Simpson - biography


    Aaron Wyatt

  • Cirrus
  • Aaron Wyatt - biography


    Ngarra-Burria are Dharug words meaning to hear, to sing.

    Ngarra-Burria is a program that builds bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art music* sector. The program was initiated by Dharug composer Chris Sainsbury, and is delivered by a partnership between Moogahlin Performing Arts, the Australian Music Centre, ANU School of Music and Ensemble Offspring, with funding support from APRA AMCOS, and in-kind support from EORA College of TAFE.

    * Art music is defined by, but not limited to, the spectrum of contemporary classical/new music; contemporary original jazz and improvisatory practice; the broad spectrum of experimental practice, embracing sound art and installation, computer music, and more.

    Ngarra-Burria was a recipient of the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award 2022

    Classical:NEXT Innovation Award Recipient 2022

    Program partners

    Ngarra-Burria First Peoples Composers is a partnership between Moogahlin Performing Arts, ANU School of Music, the Australian Music Centre through the AMPlify artist development framework, Ensemble Offspring, the Royal Australian Navy Band, and Eora College, with financial support from an APRA AMCOS music grant.