When I travelled through Syria in 2006, I was captivated by the middle eastern culture; not only the unforgettable landscape and delicious food, but the warmth and friendliness of the people. I was surprised to see churches and mosques built side by side in what seemed an interesting harmony between people. During these travels I encountered the music of the Tunisian composer and oud player Anouar Brahem.
This is my arrangement of “C’est Ailleurs”, loosely translated as “it is elsewhere”. The music video displays images of a beautiful opal cut by my father. Opals are Australia’s national gemstone, known for their ever-changing vibrant colours. According to indigenous stories, a rainbow created the colours of the opal when it touched the earth.
2020 has turned out to be a strange time for all of us. But however difficult, I see this opportunity for people to simply ‘stop’, to question and to reflect on themselves and the world we live in. For artists in particular, it’s a chance to reflect these times in forms of musical expression.