​MSO makes tracks with Eric

Aboriginal musician and dancer, Eric Avery, is making tracks with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during Reconciliation Week at the end of May.

​MSO makes tracks with Eric


Eric, whose Aboriginal name is Marrawuy Kabi, is taking part in the MSO’s special interactive program for primary children.

He has been invited to write and lead this year’s featured audience participation pieceYananha, which is about travelling his country.

The youthful audience will perform Yananha with Eric, Aboriginal didgeridoo artist Shane Charles and the MSO at Meet the Orchestra concerts at the Melbourne Town Hall on 28 and 29 May.

‘What inspired me to write this chant was the song form and language of my people, the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan,’ Eric said.

‘To speak and to sing in the language of my ancestors continues on a tradition that is very old that I have a responsibility to continue.’

The company has registered its upcoming Meet the Orchestra concerts as Reconciliation Week events.

Eric is a graduate of Newtown Performing Arts High School and NAISDA Dance College.

He has been learning violin since he was 12. In 2012 he completed a 6-month mentorship program with the Australian Ballet which focused on dance education.