International act to strike a chord at Art of Sound

Western Sydney University’s School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Sustainable Futures will welcome the acclaimed Turner Brown Band to its Penrith (Kingswood) campus as part of the Art of Sound 2020: World Creative Music Public Performance on 12 March.

The international act described as ‘church-based gospel-soul-funk and blues’ will be followed by an expert discussion on performance and diversity in the music industry. Western Sydney songwriters will also participate in an invitation-only workshop.

Associate Professor Sally Macarthur, Director of Academic Program, Music and Music Therapy, said the performance is designed to celebrate and encourage diverse upcoming artists, especially talents in Greater Western Sydney.

“There are significantly more male musicians and male singer-songwriters than women. Against this backdrop, we need to change the status quo and celebrate the diversity of upcoming songwriters in the region, especially given the array of cultural and musical traditions present,” said Associate Professor Macarthur.

“In our experience, these diverse groups often possess enormous talent and have a huge potential to succeed as creatives in music. Many overcome significant social and economic challenges to excel in their art.”

Western Sydney University’s world-class music program now encompasses a greater focus on intercultural music, as well as an emphasis on technology-based music production.

“The Turner Brown Band has a reputation for excellence in everything it does and Dom Turner’s collaboration with Ohio-based ‘Nikki D and the Browns’ is a fantastic way, through such a high-profile band, to provide the kind of role-modelling and inspiration to our students and the wider community,” said Associate Professor Macarthur.

Ms Jen Dollin, Senior Manager Sustainable Futures, said: "The performance is a welcomed collaboration and will showcase creative approaches to social justice, cultural diversity and gender equity, while strengthening the University’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Professor Barrie, Western Sydney University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic (Acting), said: “Western Sydney University is proud of its commitment to gender equity and through its programs and initiatives is working to ensure its students can contribute to a more just and sustainable world. This includes working with and empowering the communities of Western Sydney to celebrate their unique talents, cultures and stories.”

Event details:

When: 1pm - 2pm, Thursday, 12 March 2020. Doors will open at 12.45pm

Where: The Playhouse (Auditorium), Penrith Campus (Kingswood), Western Sydney University

Cost: Free, but registration required here (opens in a new window).


6 March 2020

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer