Presented by Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators and DeepBlue

Song to the Ocean is a love-song to the extraordinary marine life in our oceans. It is an immersive, outdoor music installation that invites audiences to enter a circle of awe-inspired light sculptures, stroll among the orchestra and experience music and nature sounds up-close. 

Join Maori Sonic Weaver WHAIA, acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue, master percussionist & South East Asia gong expert Michael Askill, and Greta Kelly on Persian violin for an euphoric musical experience under the night sky. 

Take a walk through an ocean of musicians, illuminated by awe-inspiring light installations with original contemporary classical music by Australian composer Dr Corrina Bonshek that is inspired by cycles and patterns of nature.

This extraordinary production includes talented young local musicians, and design elements made during intergenerational art-making workshops informed by local culture and the region’s marine life. 

Song to the Ocean was co-commissioned by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events and Fraser Coast Regional Council, with assistance of the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

This work is an adaptation of Song to the Earth which 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, and premiered at Bleach* at Festival 2018.

Song to the Ocean Credits


Music Composition & Artistic Direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek

Performers: DeepBlue, Dr Michael Askill, Whaia, and Greta Kelly leading a team of remarkable young local musicians

Vocal/instrumental improvisation & creative cultural consultant: Whaia.

Large-scale light sculptures: Mimi Dennett

Wearable & small scale light installations: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner

Prototyping and facilitation for silhouette art: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner

Collaborating installation artists: TBC

Welcome to Country: TBC

Sound design: Dr Corrina Bonshek, marine recordings by The Oceania Project

Production manager and lighting design: Blake Howson

Live sound: Aaron Mason

Choreography: DeepBlue 

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