Zelman Symphony | No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle
21 March 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AEDT
Zelman Symphony, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Wheeler Centre are delighted to announce the world premiere of No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle, originally scheduled for November 2020 and postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions, will now be held on Sunday 21 March 2021 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live at the Bowl Summer Festival.
Thumbed on a phone, smuggled out in thousands of text messages. The near impossibility of its existence. On Nauru and Manus Island, they live in a zoo of cruelty.
No Friend but the Mountains, Behrouz Boochani’s multi-award winning book which chronicles the perilous journeys of asylum seekers and their forced detention on Manus Island, is the inspiration for this Symphonic Song Cycle by prolific Australian composer, Luke Styles.
Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer and film-maker, penned his book in secret in Farsi on a mobile phone as a series of hundreds of text messages. He opened up the hidden world of detention, shone a light on the conditions endured by detainees on Manus and exposed a brutal system ostensibly designed to deter other asylum seekers while breaking those caught in it.
To open the event, Behrouz Boochani will appear in conversation via video reflecting on this new adaptation of his story.
Rick Prakhoff – conductor
Adrian Tamburini – bass-baritone
Melbourne Bach Choir
Wilma Smith – guest concertmaster
Susan Pierotti – concertmaster
Luke Styles – composer
Behrouz Boochani – librettist
Omid Tofighian – translator and collaborator
Behrouz Boochani – Video Interview
Luke Styles – No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle