Small Island Big Song multi-media concert & outreach
Mar' Apr' 2023 (Asia/Pacific), Jun' Jul' 2023 (EU), Jan' to May' 2024 (US)
Framed in a theatrical narrative amongst panoramic visuals of the artist’s homelands, the audience experiences a musical journey across the breadth and into the soul of island nations of Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean, meeting an ancient seafaring ancestry and confronting the impacts of climate change head on, as the performers and youth ambassadors share their island's voice supported through the cinematic sequences.
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.
Moving beyond the concert experience, Small Island Big Song offers a variety of opportunities for students and audiences to investigate the environmental, political, social and cultural contexts on our oceans’ islands.
Photos from our performances at Bing Concert Hall/ Stanford Univ', Symphony Space/ Broadway, Randolph W. Bromery Center/ UMASS,
Centennial hall/ Univ. of Arizona, Penn State P.A.C./ Penn State Univ. & Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Taken by Kimmi Cranes in 2022
- Full concert 90 min' with intermission -
- Matinee show 60 min' no intermission -
- Artists' solo performances -
- Film screening + Virtual Q&A -
Small Island Big Song - An Oceanic Songline
IN-PERSON OUTREACH PROGRAM
- Panel, Multi-media Lecture & Demonstration -
History from an Indigenous Perspective
Climate Crisis - Our Response As Artists
Indigenous Women Making Traditional Culture Relevant
The Genesis of Small Island Big Song
- Workshop -
Dance workshop / party
Trash to Music workshop
- Community Engagement -
A walk with SIBS in nature
Inviting local guest musicians
Youth voice for local environmental issues
Toured to 15 countries across four continents, 200K+ audiences have seen it live since its premiere at SXSW 2018. It has become a feature of SIBS concerts for encore to spontaneously erupt into a shared celebration, with instruments, voices and dancing bodies rising from the seats. Moving beyond the concert experience, Small Island Big Song offers a variety of opportunities for students and audiences to investigate the environmental, political, social and cultural contexts on our oceans’ islands.
Mar-Apr 2023 Asia/Pacific
Jun-Jul 2023 Europe
BaoBao Chen email@example.com
Jan-May 2024 North America
agent SRO Artists Inc.
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Featured Touring Artists
Sammy has led an extraordinary life as a Madagascan musician, at a time when most picked up guitars over the traditional Valiha, Sammy followed his passion for Madagascar’s musical heritage, by mastering and learning how to make most of Madagascar’s instruments.
His efforts coming to the notice of the UK’s world music scene as his group ‘Tarika Sammy’, gained international recognition, becoming a regular on major festival stages and being acknowledged as one of the world’s best 10 bands, by TIME Magazine. Sammy has been much in demand since, and we are proud to have him at every Small Island Big Song concert.
Photo: Small Island Big Song
Featured on CNN, songwriter, musician and dancer, Emlyn is leading a wave of performers across the Indian Ocean proudly reclaiming their unique rhythms and cultural mix.
Written with a reactive pen and sung in Creole, her songs rebelliously express her concerns for her island’s environment. A cause she has taken up as co-founder of ‘Enn Losean Vivab’, a Mauritius based organisation educating school students about plastic pollution. Emlyn brings the infectious grooves of Sega with its soul from the African slave trade to the stage played on the Ravann, Triangle and Kayamb
In 2009 a typhoon devastated Sauljaljui’s village and community, her response was to write “Lament of Colored Cloth” a song which enabled the village to unite their tragedy and recover, winning a prestigious songwriters award in Taiwan.
Two albums and countless international concerts later, Sauljaljui is just as dedicated to her Paiwan community, directing a yearly cultural festival, being the first female leader in her community youth group, and contributing to the community's cultural canon. Recently with her elders, she created a Paiwan warriors song, now regularly performed, the first time a woman has taken this role.
Photo: Small Island Big Song
Vaiteani is the lead singer songwriter of the Polynesian group bearing her name, with her partner and gifted multi-Instrumentalist Luc, they perform songs as captivating and beautiful as her homeland Tahiti which inspires them. Vaiteani are one of the most popular acts in Polynesia today, a standing they have been able to use to draw awareness to environmental issues.
They sing for her people and nature, with one foot in the world of contemporary music styles, Soul, Folk and the other, exploring the timeless music traditions of her Polynesian heritage. People get moved by the captivating tone of her voice while their songs bring us all to some hidden place where we can discover a deeper substance to the subject.
Photo: Bruno Drouot
The world sees Easter Islanders as the people who foolishly depleted their natural resources deforesting their island, Yoyo Tuki confronts that image as he stands strong in his Rapa Nui ancestry steadied through a deep respect for his land and traditions as nurtured by his grandfather ‘Mana Roa’ (Great Wisdom).
A mana (Substance of presence) ringing out through his singing, music, art and performance, lifting us above our prejudices. Pioneering fusions of reggae, folk and funk with his mastery of Polynesian ukulele styles, Yoyo Tuki sings out for one of the most remote islands on Earth.
Photo: Small Island Big Song
Selina is among the global faces of climate change, representing her country in the film ‘Before the Flood’ produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and as the youngest speaker at the COP21 for Paris Agreement, making a passionate plea to global leaders for stronger action on climate change.
Selina can push her audience into a place of understanding and care for her homeland, whilst making them look into the future and see the repercussions of current global actions. Her spoken word pieces have been heard across the globe, and will form the narrative of the show, at times delivered by Selina in person.
Photo: Luis Barreto, Peace Boat
Tahiti & France
Luc is a gifted multi-Instrumentalist and singer songwriter of the Polynesian group Vaiteani bearing his partner Vaiteani's name, they perform songs as captivating and beautiful as their homeland Tahiti which inspires them. Vaiteani are one of the most popular acts in Polynesia today, a standing they have been able to use to draw awareness to environmental issues.
They sing for their people and nature, with one foot in the world of contemporary music styles, Soul, Folk and the other, exploring the timeless music traditions of Vaiteani's Polynesian heritage.
Photo: Delphine Mayeur
Powerful, entrancing, unapologetic all words used to describe Putad’s engaging stage presence. In the proud spirit of her Indigenous Amis heritage Putad unites ancient vocal traditions with raw energy of grunge, rock and punk as her and her brother Wusang’s band Outlet Drift express. Their bold, uplifting and uncompromising shows place their Amis heritage on centre stage at 100db & 100mph as they confront prejudices taking the audience on an unforgettable sonic ride.
In the Small Island Big Song ensemble, she brings this energy, her soaring voice, rock bass along with her coastal Amis ancestry and love for the ocean. A regular surfer, Putad’s connection to the ocean will be brought onto stage and into the outreach program.
Photo: Small Island Big Song
"Honestly [Small Island Big Song] was one of the best, most wonderful projects I have worked on in a presenting career that is going on 30 years!"
- Amy Vashaw - Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Univ'
“Small Island Big Song was definitely worth the wait! Such a pleasure to get to know each of you and see what can be created from deep, extended collaboration such as what you have engaged in.”
- Laura Evans - Bing Concert Hall / Standford Live!
"We had a wonderful experience with Small Island Big Song. The entire team was warm and great to work with and the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of Tim and BaoBao and the entire artistic collective was felt by all who participated in the residency activities. The class visits, discussions, and workshops were superb and engaged our students and community in meaningful ways. The performance was enthralling for everyone who attended - we received so many wonderful comments from audiences as they were leaving the theater."
- Shannon Hooker - Modlin Center at Univ' of Richmond
“I think I speak for everyone at MDC Live Arts when I say that we loved working with SIBS - they have been great every step of the way!”
- Kathryn Garcia - Miami-Dade College / Live Arts Miami
2022 Italian Capital of Culture, Procida Italy
2022 Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro CA
2022 Univ. of California in Santa Barbara, Santa Babara CA
2022 James Madison Univ. & Forbes P.A.C., Harrisonburg VA
2022 Zeiterion Perf. Art Center, New Bedford MA
2022 Dartmouth College & Spaulding Auditorium, Hanover NH
2022 Lehigh Univ. & Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem PA
2022 Penn State Univ. & Penn State P.A.C., State College PA
2022 Moraine Valley community college & Dorothy Menker Theater, Palos Hills IL
2022 Univ. of Massachusetts & Randolph W. Bromery Center, Amherst MA
2022 Symphony Space & Wor