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WHERE EMUS ROAM THE STREETS

Mark Simeon Ferguson - piano  |   Bonnie Aué - double bass  |  Kyrie Anderson - drums

Ciara Ferguson - vibraphone  |  Jasmine Ferguson - trombone  |  Terrence Coulthard - voice

Mark Simeon Ferguson’s Where Emus Roam the Streets is the first jazz release from the 2022 ABC Composer Commissions Fund, created to support new Australian music from emerging and diverse voices. Where Emus Roam the Streets is a lyrical contemporary jazz album inspired by the dramatic vistas, ‘ghost towns’ and extraordinary people of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges on Adnymathanha country. Mark’s connection to the area is through his Aunt Jan and Uncle Chris Ferguson who are deeply connected to the community having lived in Beltana for decades. Through them he met senior Adnymathanha man
Terrence Coulthard — whose ‘Welcome Song’ features on the album.

In preparation for this project, Mark spent days driving, running, walking and sitting in the Northern part of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges between Parachilna and Iga Warta. Where Emus Roam the Streets was inspired by these experiences, alongside extensive research and conversations with members of the community. The album’s nine new pieces explore the beauty and hardship of Adnymathanha country and reflect on the lives of its people, the collision of cultures, and Mark’s own experiences.

The ensemble features young women all starting to hit their stride on the Australian jazz scene: drummer Kyrie Anderson, bassist Bonnie Aué, pianist Ciara Ferguson (heard here on vibraphone) and trombonist Jasmine Ferguson.

 

All tracks composed by Mark Simeon Ferguson except

For Welcome Song, composed by Terrence Coulthard, arr. Ferguson.

AVAILABLE AUGUST 26, 2022. LINKS UP SOON

Recorded 7–9 February 2022  at ABC’s Collinswood Studios

Producer :: Tom Henry and Mark Simeon Ferguson

Recorded :: Jakub Gaudasinski and Gabriel Agostino
Mixed :: Tom Henry
Field Recordings :: Mike Ladd

Terrence Coulthard’s voice :: recorded in Iga Warta, South Australia by Mark Simeon Ferguson, 11 July 2022

Cover design :: Bonnie Aué from photos by Mark Simeon Ferguson

All other photos :: Randy Larcombe

for more info on Adnyamathanha culture go to igawarta.com

check out Terrence at work here https://youtu.be/aF7Pbr1ME5c

for more on Beltana go to beltana.org.au

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Images by Randy Larcombe

 

VIDEO

 

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

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MARK SIMEON FERGUSON

SONGS FROM AN IMPERFECT WORLD

June 2020

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MARMALADE CIRCUS
YUP AND OTHER WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

October 2009

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LOUISE BLACKWELL

AND THE FRENCH SET

A NIGHT IN PARIS

July 2018

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MARMALADE CIRCUS

AND THEN THERE WERE TEN

July 2005

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MARK FERGUSON'S
MARMALADE TRIO

June 1999

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LEE MCALLISTAIR

SPELLBOUND

Sept 2011

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MARMALADE FIESTA

TRUE COLOURS

June 2004

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MARMALADE CIRCUS
TROPICAL FRUIT CHUNKS

May 2001

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JOHANNA ALLEN

CALLING CARD

Sept 2012

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LIBBY O'DONOVAN

HOME TO YOU

July 2013

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FERGUS MAXIMUS

RESTLESS SOLES

Nov 2018

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LIBBY O'DONOVAN

THE COMPLICATION

Aug 2009

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