Rayella Media Release

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Hidden away in one of the most remote locations in Australia, in the Marlinja Community, NT, is RAYELLA. Indigenous father and daughter music duo, Raymond and Eleanor Dixon deliver a journey into the heartbeat of Australia’s centre with lyrics that are filled with tales of life and history from the Mudburra people’s homeland.

On March 10th they will digitally launch their latest EP, ‘Rayella with the Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra’, just ahead of their National tour supporting the Violent Femmes.

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The EP is an outcome of collaboration between Barkly Regional Arts, who manage Rayella and the Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra. Lead singer Eleanor’s magical voice with her father’s skillful guitar playing and harmonizing paired with Iain Grandage’s incredible orchestral arrangement, capture the vast space and rich tapestry of remote country and culture.

Rayella and the Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra have performed together since 2015, beginning at Tennant Creeks annual Desert Harmony Festival, as part of a pre-show for Opera Australia’s national tour. Tennant Creek Territory Day in 2016 took the collaboration to a new level, with funding from Festivals NT to produce an hour show titled, ‘Classical Culture in the Barkly’. Their latest EP was recorded on site during the production week at Barkly Regional Arts’ Winanjjikari Music Centre. Melbourne was the first to hear this collaboration outside of the Territory last November, when Rayella hit the road as part of a Barkly Arts showcase event. Now with the digital launch of the EP, audiences everywhere will have the chance to listen to the beautiful sound of Rayella.

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RAY_ELLY_OLD_STORE_INDOORS_7613_photo courtesy of Barkly Regional ArtsDespite their isolation from mainstream Australia, Rayella come from a long line of musical history. Raymond Dixon was a guitarist with the Kulimindini Band who released three successful albums throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. Ray’s daughter and lead singer, Eleanor Dixon, was raised during this era and as a result of a rich musical upbringing has been singing for most of her life.

Eleanor has assumed an important role as a strong Indigenous female leader sharing her messages and stories to empower other females of all ages to feel confident and proud to stepup and chase whatever their dreams and goals in life may be.

Rayella’s list of achievements in the short time they have been performing together is testament to their ability to enthral, engage and delight audiences. Their lyrics, all written around the campfire in Marlinja, have taken them from their local stage in Tennant Creek performing to family and friends to capturing the attention of Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes). The American superstar band first performed together when they acted as Rayella’s backing musicians in a unique showcase at the US Consulate in Perth.

Brian has continued to show his support of the band with the announcement that Rayella will support them on their upcoming Australian tour this March/April.

“Eleanor and Raymond’s father/daughter vocal frontline lend authenticity to their stories of life, aspirations and place… Their music is a deep blend of modern life and ancient energy”

-Brian Ritchie

Coming from a very remote community, the invitation to support the Violent Femmes, so as to have their music heard to huge audiences right across Australia is an incredible opportunity.

It’s a big opportunity for us and we’re totally looking forward to it. The experience of sharing the stage with the Violent Femmes and making new fans is what were looking forward to most. Hopefully we can jam in our spare time and collaborate on some new music

-Eleanor Dixon

The EP launch is another stepping stone in Rayella’s journey, as they are currently in development of their own touring show to begin travelling in 2018. Produced by Barkly Regional Arts, MARLINJA, is a visual concert that brings audiences into the world of Rayella’s remote community, with their music continued to be arranged by Iain Grandage and supported by a 6 piece chamber orchestra.

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ELLY_OLD_STORE_INTERIOR_7709_photo courtesy of Barkly Regional ArtsRayella’s manager, Kathy Burns (Artistic Director Barkly Regional Arts) says, Through long term operational funding, it has allowed us to continue to form strong partnerships and collaborations with organisations such as Opera Australia in creating pathways and platforms for remote artists into the broader Australian arts scene”.

Their new EP will be available to download through Itunes on 10th March via www.barklyarts.com.au.

To book tickets to see them live with the Violent Femmes this March/April head to http://www.feelpresents.com/fp_tour/violent-femmes-3/

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For all media inquiries please contact Rayella manager.
Kathy Burns
Artistic Director
Barkly Regional Arts
M | 0401 620 380
E | artisticdirector@barklyarts.com.au 

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