Katie Noonan And Australian String Quartet
Announce Album ‘The Glad Tomorrow’ released August
‘The Glad Tomorrow’ National Tour, October - November 2019
World premiere performance on Gadigal Country October 28 at The Sydney Opera House
Katie Noonan is thrilled to unveil her new album project and national tour, ‘The Glad Tomorrow’ with Australian String Quartet (ASQ). It marks the first time that the powerhouse vocalist and 5-time ARIA Award Winner Noonan will perform with the brilliant ASQ.
‘The Glad Tomorrow’ creation sees Katie set the uniquely Australian poetry of Queenslander and First Nations icon Oodgeroo Noonuccal to music, commissioning ten stellar Australian contemporary composers to create a song cycle based on Oodgeroo’s poetry.
Katie and the ASQ perform pieces written for them by Carl Vine, Elena Kats Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage, David Hirschfelder as well as Queensland composers Thomas Green, Robert Davidson, Connor D’Netto, William Barton and Katie herself.
Set for release in August, ‘The Glad Tomorrow' project brings together 4 distinct worlds – Contemporary Australian and Queensland Composers, the searing poetry of Queenslander Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the Australian String Quartet and Katie Noonan’s unique voice and innate musicality.
The live component of ‘The Glad Tomorrow’ will see Katie Noonan and ASQ performing together for the first time in Australia. This unique combination of creative powerhouses will deliver spectacular and spine-tingling live performances in some of Australia’s finest theatre settings, commencing October 28 at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The tour then heads to Brisbane, Lismore, Adelaide, Perth, Wagga and Canberra, before concluding November 10 at Melbourne’s Forum.
Discussing ‘The Glad Tomorrow’, Katie Noonan said, "I have admired the wonderful artistry of ASQ for many years. More recently when Dale and Francesca joined the band, I felt like the quartet were the perfect match for the Oodgeroo project.
As a fiercely proud Queenslander and in a project that is celebrating an extraordinary Queensland woman, I am immensely proud to share in this World Premiere with these 4 wonderful and world class musicians. We are privileged to have 10 incredible Australian composers bringing this project to life.
“My hope is that this project will help a new generation discover the powerful words and the extraordinary life of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Personally and professionally I am committed to using music and community engagement to further the sentiments behind the Uluru Statement which seeks ‘a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history’. Makarrata is a word from the language of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land, and the concept of Makarrata captures the idea of two parties coming together after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. It is about acknowledging that something has been done wrong, and it seeks to make things right. My dream is that this song cycle is a small step towards this Makarratta aspiration."