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The Sydney Sacred Music Festival and Sydney Olympic Park Authority deliver one of the most unique music events ever seen in Sydney. Three world class music performances from diverse cultures and faiths coming together to transform the inner state of the audience at Building 20 (the original Powder Magazine) the Armory.

Featuring the unique sounds of the Chambers and new work by:

Sandy Evans and Satsuki Odamura (Saxophone and Koto -13-stringed zither)

In this new work conceived for the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, saxophonist Sandy Evans and koto player Satsuki Odamura explore the extraordinary acoustic of Building 20 to create an atmosphere of deep contemplation. In this moving and meditative elegy, the enchanting resonance and subtle nuances of the koto combine with the warmth and beauty of soothing saxophone melodies.

Satsuki is Australia’s leading koto player currently celebrating 30 years of developing koto music in Australia. Sandy Evans OAM is an award winning composer, saxophonist and educator. Sandy and Satsuki have been performing together for 25 years, notably in Waratah and GEST8. Highlights of their recent work were the Koto Transformation Australis concerts, where 4 of Sandy’s new compositions for koto ensemble were performed in Sydney and Melbourne. Their most recent recording together is RockPoolMirror. Here 2 audio tracks from this Tall Poppies CD (Rock Water Temple and Lake Yarrunga Colours). Immediately after their concert at the Festival, Sandy and Satsuki will be touring to the Philippines and Singapore.

Paul Stender Cello and Nicholas Ng Erhu (2-stringed fiddle):

‘The Inner Chamber’ is an exploration of the sacred through sound with Erhu and Cello. This composition by Dr Nicholas Ng is presented in three parts: Concentration, Meditation and Samadhi, three states of meditative consciousness as taught in the Jain, Hindu and Buddhist traditions and embraced by Christian Gnostics.

Paul has been working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony, having toured internationally with both orchestras. He has appeared as Guest Principal Cello with ACO Collective and played Principal and Associate Principal with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

As a chamber musician Paul has been fortunate enough to collaborate with numerous esteemed artists including Andrew Haveron, Andreas Ottensammer, Natalie Chee and Suzie Park and is currently cellist with the Omega Ensemble.

Khaled Sabsabi electronic sound artist:
‘time, people, place’ is a new audio mood inspired and derived installation. The work will consist of pre-recorded audio taken from his archive, collected over 20 years and other selected on-site live audio feeds. The work will be created/manipulated live via 3 directional sound sources, blending and folding in the space to create an immersive environment for the audience.

The personal aim of the work is to take audiences onto a journey of the imagined, real and experienced.

Khaled began his creative life in the 80's as a socially-engaged Hip-Hop artist and since the early 2000's have artistically evolved to develop and produce numerous art presentations, locally and internationally.

Born in Tripoli, Lebanon and migrated with my family to Australia in 1978. In 2002, for the first time since migrating to Australia, he travelled back to Lebanon and the surrounding region. This extended travel period became a significant moment in his career as it forced him to question, rethink and redefine his arts practice. In 2005, he received a Master of Art, post graduate degree from the University of New South Wales. Today, he continues to extend his practice, producing to date 63 major works that vary in form, content and style, exhibited around the world.

I am a full-time professional artist who specialises in mixed media and site-specific installation presentations. My process and practice involves working across art mediums, geographical borders and cultures to create immersive and engaging art experiences.

Building 20 is a decommissioned ammunition building that was built to withstand strong vibrations from the outside. This unique construction now gives us the opportunity to engage and play with the reverberant nature of the three Chambers. Each Chamber produces a unique amazing sound!

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