Sunshine Coast-based Katie Noonan has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Women In Music Awards (AWMA). She will also perform at the prestigious industry event on October 8 and 9.
The five-time ARIA Award winner is a finalist in the Creative Leadership Award, along with Claire Edwardes and Elaine Chia. The announcement comes after Ms Noonan released her latest album The Glad Tomorrow at the end of August. The album is a collaboration with the Australian String Quartet and the estate of First Nations artist, educator and campaigner Oodgeroo Noonuccal, which allowed Ms Noonan to set Ms Noonuccal’s poetry to music created by contemporary Australian composers.
Ms Noonan says The Glad Tomorrow is a very special project, with Ms Noonuccal’s great-granddaughter Kaleenah Edwards reciting the poems in her native language for the first time.
“We have this extraordinary culture here and my relationship with First Nations musicians has meant I have been very welcomes into this world,” Ms Noonan says.
“My hope is that this project will help a new generation discover the powerful words and the extraordinary life of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. I am committed to using music and community engagement to further the sentiments behind the Uluru Statement, which seeks “a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history”.
“Makarrata is a word from the language of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land, and the concept of Makarrata captures the idea of two parties coming together after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. It is about acknowledging that something has been done wrong, and it seeks to make things right. My dream is that this song cycle is a small step towards this Makarrata aspiration.”
Ms Noonan will take to the stage at the AWMA Concert on October 9. The awards event is the culmination of a two-day program designed to nurture a strong and dynamic hub for women, First Nations people, multicultural artists and members of the LGBTQIA community to share knowledge, inspire and thrive.
To find out more about AWMA, visit womeninmusicawards.com.au.