“Saturday night’s world premiere of Nigel Westlake’s concerto for two guitars ‘Towards takayna’, by the Grigoryan brothers with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, was a spellbinding tribute to the beauty and wonder of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest in the Tarkine wilderness,” Bob Brown said today.
“This masterpiece of Australian music echoed the prediction by Tasmanian adventurer and wilderness photographer Olegas Truchanas, who fought the flooding of Lake Pedder in the 1970s, that if Tasmania’s wild beauty was preserved it could inspire music like that of the Scandinavian composers Sibelius and Grieg.”
“Towards takayna is twenty minutes of lilting, uplifting music evocative of the Tarkine rainforest’s natural splendour. It had an enthusiastic reception from the full concert hall in Adelaide.”
Brown took Westlake and wife Jan to the Tarkine coast and rainforest campaign camp at Sumac Ridge in 2017.