Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir have produced this new work, Birinyi, based on an old tradition, to help the young choristers continue the stories from Yidinji country in Far North Queensland.
Birinyi tells the story of the creation of Yurrbin — the Great Barrier Reef — as shared by Gimuy Walubara Yidinji elder, Gudju Gudju. Composer Luke Byrne worked with Gudju Gudju and Gondwana Choirs artistic director Lyn Williams to create this unique work that provides a place for the Cairns-based choir tell a story from their own region.
In a behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the creation of the work, Gudju Gudju says:
“I feel, you know, that the old people and their spirit — I can feel that they’re actually feeling happy. They feel happy that this song is being sung again. And, even though it’s in another generation, it still continues so the next generation can actually sing this song in a different style. I think that makes me happy.”