[TimorLesteStudies] Event: The Tears of Timor: Martin Wesley-Smith, Music & Politics

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Thu Feb 7 13:49:17 EST 2008

Enquiries: Vincent.Plush at nfsa.afc.gov.au


The Tears of Timor: Martin Wesley-Smith, Music & Politics

With Ros Dunlop, clarinets, and Julia Ryder, cello.

Friday 22 February

Improbably, for over 30 years, the music of Martin
Wesley-Smith has been inspired by twin passions,
the word games of Lewis Carroll and the political
struggles of East Timor. With slides and sounds,
he weaves an intense and at times heart-wrenching
plea for the tortured humanity so close to us.
The strains of freedom songs, hymns, Indonesian military music, radio 
broadcasts and Timorese village life teem through music which 
documents the 30-year-long struggles of the Indigenous peoples of 
Timor and West Papua.

The NFSA and the National Library of Australia are embarking on a 
three-year project to acquire and preserve the electronic archive of 
this remarkable composer and humanitarian, a world pioneer in 
audiovisual presentations, now living in Kangaroo Valley.

The NFSA's South Gallery displays a Timor-related exhibition. Arc 
will be filled with the sounds of village life and ominous radio 
signals, preserved in NFSA's collection. With two longstanding 
collaborators, Martin will present four virtuosic works for 
instruments and recorded sounds and images that will transfix the 
senses and stir the soul.

With this event, the NFSA welcomes the UNESCO Memory of the World 
International Congress.

ARC Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive

$15, $10 concession

Some images and sound may distrurb. Recommended for 18+ audiences only.

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