Small Island Big Song is a music, film, live project featuring over a hundred musicians across 16 island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, creating a contemporary and relevant musical statement of a region in the frontline of cultural and environmental challenges.
The album & film were composed, recorded, shot and overdubbed in nature, on the artists' custodial land.
A Taiwan & Australia co-production, and a fair trade music & film release.
"Our ancestors were bridge builders, they found strengths in forming allies in unity. Our generation must keep walking this path to continue the essence of our core values." - Sauljaljui, Paiwan - Taiwan
“If you hear an Are'Are song you can feel and see how long it has been there. The songs are documents of who we are, the only gift our ancestors gave us." - Charles Maimarosia, Are'Are - The Solomon Islands
“The knowledge and values in the songs are in more than the words. They are in the tempo and the melody. They are in the vibration.” - Alena Murang, Kelabit - Borneo
"In our globalised, computerised world, music can bring us awareness of who we are, our history and our values and our connection to nature. I bring what my grandfather poured into me.” - Yoyo Tuki, Rapa Nui - Easter Island
Behind the scenes by Taiwan Public TV
Small Island Big Song Film in Japan Cinemas!
JP title: 大海原のソングライン
8/01~9/25 TOKYO 'Image Forum'
8/01~tbc NAGOYA '名演小劇場'
8/22~9/4 YOKOHAMA '横浜 シネマリン'
8/29~9/11 OSAKA '第七藝術劇場'
9/12~9/18 NIIGATA '高田世界館'
9/18-10/8 KYOTO 京都みなみ会館
12/20&12/27 WALAYAMA 田並劇場
1/5 HOKKAIDO Theater Kinoシアターキノ
1/16~1/29 NAHA OKINAWA 桜坂劇場
8/01 ~ 9/30 ONLINE 'Temporary Cinema'
Physical Album Order
★★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald, AU
★★★★★ Songlines Magazine, UK
Lauren Laverne's Album of the week on BBC Radio 6
Winner - 2019 Songlines Music Award UK - Best Asia/Pacific album
Winner - 2019 The Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Awards) - Album of the Year
Nominated - 2019 Independent Music Awards US - Best Concept Album
Nominated - 2019 Independent Music Awards US - Best Website
A Fair Trade Music Release - 50% of net profit goes back to the artists & NGOs. All physical albums come with a 56-page full color booklet, no single use plastic.
Small Island Big Song Concert Tour
Drawing on a roster of respected first nation artists, the concert features musicians performing irresistible oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads engaging audiences from huge festival stages to intimate theatres. Combining music, spoken word and live cinema with AV projections featuring footage collected during a 3-year film trip across 16 countries guided by the artists on their homelands.
2 World Tours in 2018 & 2019
4 Continents - 14 Countries - 23 Cities
170K+ live audiences reached
21 musicians & dancers from 10 island nations toured with us
SXSW - USA, Rudolstadt - Germany, Førde - Norway, EtnoSur - Spain, Legacy Taipei & Taoyuan Fest - Taiwan,
Colours of Ostrava - Czech Rep., MTC Melbourne - Australia, Torba Arts Fest, Vanuatu, World Stage Design & more
We would love to keep you in the loop, lots of the exciting stuff coming up!
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