Song to the Earth Collaboration

Song to the Earth is an immersive live music event that invites the audience to wander through a ‘forest’ of musicians at dusk, illuminated by exquisite large-scale light installations and wearable light sculptures.  

It is an exciting new work by composer Dr Corrina Bonshek created in collaboration with DeepBlue, and Dr Michael Askill (master percussionist).

The music is scored in sonic waves, circles and spirals that pass between the groups of musicians accompanied by an ethereal insect and bird soundscape. A compelling aspect of this work is the ability to experience the music from right next to the players.  It is unlike anything DeepBlue has attempted before, breaking down the barriers between the audience and musicians in totally new ways.

Song to the Earth was performed at Bleach* Festival / Festival 2018 as part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts and Culture Program, and also at Flowstate, South Bank.  A fabulous group of string and percussion students from The Gold Coast and Brisbane joined 

Watch the highlights of Song to the Earth at Bleach* Festival / Festival 2018.


Composer Corrina Bonshek’s Song to the Earth portfolio has more details about the production.


Artistic direction & composition Dr Corrina Bonshek

Performed by DeepBlue, Dr Michael Askill, and local musicians

Community engagement & music mentoring: DeepBlue, Dr Michael Askill

Large-scale installation by Mimi Dennett

Lighting design by Wes Bluff

Wearable & small scale light installations by Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner

Sound design by Anna Whitaker and Corrina Bonshek

Live sound & bow lighting by Rhys Tyack

Movement consultant Meredith Elton

Song to the Earth Project Partners
Song to the Earth was co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources. Produced by Bleach* Festival.

Song to the Earth had its first stage creative development as part of Inherit the Wind, a collaborative and community engaged performance project directed and produced by Meredith Elton, with circular light installation concept by Kristian Baggerson.