On the eve of the release of his first solo album in six years, David Bridie was today announced as the recipient of the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award. One of Australia’s most prolific and deeply respected songwriters, David Bridie this week releases his new and sixth solo album, The Wisdom Line (MGM), a multi-media collaboration with filmmakers and visual artists. Its launch is followed by two launch event screenings in Melbourne and a national tour in June.
The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation. These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. Australia Council Don Banks Music Award is named in honour of Don Banks, a composer, performer and the first Chair of the Music Board. The Award acknowledges the achievements of a distinguished artist who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia. David Bridie was nominated for the award by music industry peers, who acknowledged the breadth and depth of his work in many roles throughout the music sector, as well as his role as pioneer in cultural diplomacy in the Pacific region. Previous recipients of the award include composer Liza Lim, Archie Roach AM and Peter Sculthorpe.
NATIONAL TOUR DATES
12 March · Thornbury Picture House
Premiere screening of The Wisdom Line films + Q&A with David Bridie
20 March · Classic Cinemas
Screening of The Wisdom Line films + solo performance by David Bridie
1 June · Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
7 June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
13 June · Sydney Opera House, Sydney
28 June · The Street Theatre, Canberra
27 July · The Peacock Theatre, Hobart
Tickets available at www.davidbridie.com