Sounds of Kimberley to soar

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Local singer-songwriter Tornina Torres performs at Mango Jammin'.
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A small selection of musicians from around the Kimberley have been given the opportunity of a lifetime in an upcoming recording project.

From an overwhelming response from 95 artists, West Australian Music has picked 10 to take part in the Sounds of the Kimberley recording project.

The chosen artists will go on to record original songs with some of WA’s top music producers at a pop-up studio in September.

They included Arnold McKenzie (Derby), Damar Isherwood (Broome), Dodge City Boys (Halls Creek), Elly Ottenhoff (Kununurra), Hillside Band (Bayulu Community), Lenny Gordon (Yiyili Community), Main River Band (Girriyoowa Community), Monique Le Lievre (Broome), Rocky Ridge Band (Wangkatjunka Community), and Tornina Torres (Broome).

WAM regional officer Nigel Bird said he was impressed by the overwhelming interest in the project by Kimberley artists.

“Choosing 10 from 95 was always going to be difficult; a positive spin on this is that these numbers highlight that there is a clear demand for this activity in the region,” he said.

The sound engineers and producers that will be recording the project include Dan Carroll and his Rada Studios partner, Matt Gio, Debaser Studio’s Andy Lawson, Real2Reel Studios’ James Newhouse and Sean Lilico, from Fur Real Studio.

The final compilation of songs will be released on CD and digital streaming platforms next year.

Sounds of the Kimberley was first announced in June as one of WAM’s several new recording projects looking to develop the skills of and provide opportunities for regional artists and sound engineers.

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