ECOSS Festive Markets

Third Friday of Every Month

Ngulu Festive Market

The Valley Market ECOSS is excited to present our next Festive Market in the form of Ngulu at Yarra Valley ECOSS on Friday June 17th!

Please join us for this very special event to acknowledge and celebrate our First Nations people.

Ngulu Festive Market is the Official Opening of The Creation Story Mural and Soundscape at Yarra Valley ECOSS. We are proud to host one of the first Wurundjeri Mural’s and Soundscapes of it’s kind in Yarra Ranges Council on Wurundjeri Country.

We hope you can come along to this special event and enjoy a Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder, Smoking Ceremony with Aunty Kim Wandin, A Call to Country with Chenile Chandler and enjoy powerful performances from First Nation Artists- Pirritu, Nikki Madgwick & Ganga Giri. 

Feast on locally made Indigenous cuisines.

Yarra Valley ECOSS has been working alongside Aunty Kim Wandin, Woiwurrung Elder of the Wurundjeri People and Nikki Browne, Indigenous Artist and proud Bidjara woman of Queensland Central Highlands, to create this Mural. We have also collaborated with RMIT Industrial Design students and Ryan Tews to record the story to turn the Mural into a Soundscape for a full immersion of this Wurundjeri Dreamtime Story, this will be a permanent installation where visitors to ECOSS can interact with, to gain an understanding and preserve the Wurundjeri culture. 

We are very grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this amazing project with you in the form of the Ngulu Festive Market to be held at ECOSS on Friday June 17th.

Thank you to Yarra Ranges Council Arts & Heritage grant for funding this project, Aunty Kim Wandin, Nikki Browne and RMIT Industrial Design students. We would also like to thank Upper Yarra Community Enterprise and Yarra Ranges Council for Sponsoring the Community PA and sound engineer that will be used at this event.

Ngulu Festive Market is part of On the Road Again, a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back across the state.”

Come along to The Valley Market ECOSS where you can purchase local art, produce and craft, have dinner and stay for a wonderful evening of Music with a full First Nations line-up with Pirritu and Ganga Giri!

Suggested donation:
$10conc. & First Nations/ $15 adult/ 
$25 family/ $5 children

Ganga Giri Band

Ganga was born in Port Fairy, Australia. His musical journey began as a child when he started playing kit drums at age 8. Inspired by a dream, he followed his calling and began to play didjeridu the very next day. It has been a natural progression for Ganga to create a new contemporary sound by mixing funky rhythms through the didj – especially since the sound he was after wasn’t available on the market. Influenced by many varied genres, including East Indian Tabla and African percussion, he has married indigenous Australian and world music with fat funky dance beats, and has found an appreciative audience across the globe.

Ganga Giri has gained the respect of Aboriginal didgeridu (yidaki) players for his unique approach to didgeridu playing. Deeply inspired by the sacredness of Australia’s land and how that feeling can be expressed through the didjeridu, he has become an ambassador for his country, offering his world-wide audience a reflection of contemporary multicultural Australia.

Pirritu

Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu’s (Brett Lee) music is gentle, honest and from the heart. Strange and melodic chords frame this songwriters vocals that weave around his lyrics like a gentle wind, enticing you into the depths of his personal journey, singing you a story of both sadness, love and hope.Pirritu (meaning ‘Brett’ in Ngiyampaa Language) was adopted by a non-Aboriginal couple as a newborn baby and raised to be proud of his Aboriginality, to follow his cultural journey and to connect back to family, culture and language – a journey he began when he was 14 years old. Two things drive his continual thirst to connect to his people, country, language and culture – his one year old daughter and his passion for music. To deepen his understanding of his mother tongue, Pirritu volunteers with the Ngiyampaa Language Project to test materials being created for the purpose of updating the Ngiyampaa Grammar written by Tamisin Donaldson in the 1970’s. Pirritu previously worked as Art Project Officer at The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and sits on the Board of Songlines, Victoria’s peak Aboriginal music body, a not-for-profit organisation which has supported Aboriginal musicians since 1996 by providing professional development programs, performance opportunities and administering a range of festivals and events. Pirritu spent some time in 2019 working with international touring project The HOMELANDS Tour, connecting with established and young First Nations artists on their Homelands, across oceans and out onto stages at festivals around Australia and Canada

Chenile Chandler

Chenile Chandler, is a proud Wurundjeri woman of the Kulin Nations who connects to her culture through song, writing and singing in Woiwurrung language guided by her grandmother.  Chenile has performed at The Australian Open and Re-written The Melbourne Football Theme song in Woi Wurrung and will be performing A Call to Country.

Culture is a big part of her life and it’s important to share and connect with culture through work, from sharing language through song and supporting the rights of Indigenous communities.

Singing in the Woiwurrung language began because her grandmother Aunty Joy Murphy, who has been working in Aboriginal and Indigenous Affairs for as long as she can remember, she was always practising and working to keep Woiwurrung language alive and well-spoken. It was lucky she had a singing voice she could use to showcase.

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Sarita McHarg

Coming from the centuries old Indian folk culture, Sarita McHarg brings a unique classical and contemporary experience to the world of music. A true devotional Sitarist and Vocalist: Sarita has earned several prestigious recognitions including All India Radio Artist, Talent Award from the University of Vikram (India) and State Government – Madhya Pradesh for contribution to the Malwa (folk) music to name but a few.During her thirty-five years of musical journey, Sarita is well known for her spiritual and heart-rending playing style, strong grip on classical ragas, staggering instrumentation, and bringing audience as they are part of the compositions, both in India and Australia. Whether it’s International Jazz Festival in Melbourne or Fringe Festival in Sydney, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Nepal or the famous Mahakal Temple in India, Sarita is equally at ease presenting the classical Indian ragas with other music accompaniments such as Bouzouki, Oud, Violin and Harp blending the beautiful traditional and modern music. With an aim to promote the spiritual folk music among newcomers, Sarita has performed and taught both in Australian and Indian educational institutes like University of Melbourne, Monash University, and University of Indore.Vinod Prasanna:
Born into one of India’s greatest flute-playing families, award-winning bansuri (flute) virtuoso, Vinod Prasanna, shines as an outstanding performer of authentic traditional and contemporary Indian music. Vinod’s emotive melodies, exquisite improvisations and divine flute song distinguish his performance of Indian classical, world and meditation music.

Vinod

Hailing from Varanasi, one of India’s holy cities, Vinod’s late grandfather, Pandit Vishnu Prasanna, introduced him to the art of bansuri playing. His uncle, Pandit Rajendra Prasanna also taught him and further inspired his playing. Vinod has performed and toured extensively throughout his homeland and overseas, including France, Japan, Germany and now, Australia. In 2006, Vinod won the prestigious Sahara All India Flute Recital Competition.Residing in Australia since 2008, Vinod is a performing and recording artist, teacher, craftsman and ambassador of the Bansuri. Vinod has more than 17 years of performing and teaching experience and continues a family legacy that celebrates more than two-and-a-half centuries of Indian music.His latest musical collaborations include joining musical forces with world-class percussionist, David Jones, and guitarist, Evripides Evripidou, to form Brothers, an Indian Jazz fusion/ambient groove ensemble. In 2012, Vinod and Chinese guzheng player extraordinaire, Mindy Meng Wang, formed “Journey to the West” to recreate ancient Indian and Chinese cross-cultural links and to bring the music of both countries closer to western ears. In 2012, Vinod toured Australia with Tibetan nun and singer, Ani Choying, playing, amongst other venues, in the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Hall, to ecstatic audiences.This will be a special night not to be missed!The Festive Market is part of On The Road Again a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back across the state