The Yolngu man’s solo career garnered world-wide acclaim amid performances before former US president Barack Obama, and Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee concert. Now he appears to have left a final, astonishing legacy, a new album, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) due for release next month.
Gurrumul’s record label, Skinnyfish Music, has released the first track “Djolin (Musical Instrument)” and it’s breathtaking in both its scope and ambition, fusing Gurrumul’s extraordinary voice with a lush and epic orchestral arrangement that fuses Aboriginal culture with contemporary classical Western music.
The orchestration takes its inspiration from minimalist composers such as American Phillip Glass, and Britain’s Michael Nyman. Skinnyfish calls it “one of the most ambitious projects in Australian music history”.