Musicians collaborate to create fusion piece at Kooralbyn

SEVEN accomplished musicians launched their collaborative composition at a free concert hosted by the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn on Sunday.

The group, under the direction of Red Chair's producer Angie Dunbaven, spent a week creating the piece, a fusion of music styles including Mununjali, Swedish, Tibetan and Celtic.

Saxophonist Rafael Karlen said the collaboration had been challenging but satisfying.

"Everyone in the group is from a different cultural background, so it was a bit ambitious," he said.

"It was a bit tricky integrating everyone's heritage and what they feel connected to."

The result was showcased at the resort and received with enthusiasm by all in attendance.

Mununjali man Jarred Fogarty provided the indigenous music with his didgeridoo and clapsticks, while his cousins George Hopkins and Raymond Cordingley as well as his brother Zac Fogarty contributed to the presentation with Indigenous dance.

Andrew Vievers, who composed and directed the orchestral performance for Fires on Top of Mountains last year, added a flamenco flavour with his guitar.

Vocalist Kacey Patrick is a seasoned performer who many Scenic Rim residents would remember as providing the amazing bird sounds during the Fires on Top of Mountain choral performance.

Tibetan artist, composer and activist Tenzin Choegal also provided vocals and played a traditional Tibetan instrument called the dranyen.

The audience was captivated by the performance, which will be featured again at the Arts Ablaze conference, which will run for five days from October 2 at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn.