Yirinda’s inimitable blend of ancient Aboriginal language and the improvisatory sublime pierces to the core and sidesteps all expectations. Leone and Pankhurst’s music invokes the sounds of thousands of generations of story and culture.
Fred Leone is one of the three Butchulla songmen. Butchulla country is in the Fraser Coast region including Kgari (Fraser Island). Samuel Pankhurst is an internationally acclaimed contrabassist/producer known for his kaleidoscopic combinatorial harmonies and polyrhythmic mastery.
Often described as ‘holographic’ and at all times visual, the duo’s sound is a result of their willingness to be guided by the ancient stories of Fred’s old people. Leone and Pankhurst cast their lines far away from the dogmas, presumptions, and conventions of Western musics.
Yirinda means ‘Now’ in Butchulla language.