19.9 C
Byron Shire
May 17, 2022

Just Murray-ed

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 18 May, 2022

Brilliant entertainment always in the Byron Shire

Other News

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...

Creating homelessness

Having lived for 80 years on Argyle Street with a history of family living from number 1 to number...

Spaghetti kids benefit from community support

If you haven’t heard of Spaghetti Circus, then you’re just not a local – and like many locals, the circus has suffered on many levels because of recent flood events.

What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of...

Implement reforms

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don...

Murray Kyle has emerged as a highly respected and talented musician in the Australian roots music scene. He is a passionate and poetic songwriter who sings of the hope he has for humanity in these changing times.

He launches his new album Keystone at the Byron Community Centre this week.

Murray, you have become a multi-instrumentalist but what instrument do you most identify as the one which stirs your musical voice?

Well in the last few years I have returned to my first instrument, piano, and am finding the creative inspiration flowing there right now. Piano has the tones to journey into so many different moods and feelings,

and it’s hard to beat pulling the front off an old upright and bathing in the strings!

Tell me all the instruments that you actually play…

I play piano, guitar, yidaki, bansuri, hand percussion, jaw harp, ocarinas, a little violin, and more recently kamalan ngoni, alongside strumming the old vocal chords!

How do you approach songwriting – does the instrument you start on affect the outcome of the song?

I find as a writer that each song has its own journey. Sometimes I begin with a melody in my head and grab whichever instrument feels right. Others come through as rhyming lyrics, and the melody gets created later to carry it along. Most of my songs are inspired by an environmental or social issue or simply exploring a deeper awareness of this wonderful life path we are all walking upon.

What do you look for in a story?

I like to be inspired or moved by a story, and to feel the depth of the person who created it. I look for visual imagery in the words, and some well-crafted humour always lights me up too.

What are the stories that move you most?

Stories that help me to see my view of the world through a new lens, or a new awareness, are particularly magnetic for me. The ones that really touch me contain a reflection of deep respect for the earth and the indigenous spirit that maintains through this time on the planet right now.

What song or movie most recently reduced you to tears…

I just saw an amazing documentary called Home that was deeply touching, and thankfully ended with some positive solutions. I have also been revisiting a good friend’s music recently; her name is Carrie Tree and her album Suddenly Raining travels deep into the waters…

How would you describe your own music?

My music paints pictures of a potential harmonious world, and births awareness into the heart of our interconnectedness. While mixing my new album we decided my genre right now is Shamanic Soul! My music is a story of a journey and a destination, with a little groove along the way.

Have you always felt confident about what you do… do you ever feel the pressure to be more commercial, or more like another artist?

My confidence has grown hand in hand with experience through years or performing, but it hasn’t always been there. Like many singers I can remember anxious moments and stumbles at the microphone, but each one of those is a learning curve that you pick up and carry upon your way.

I try not to pressure myself to be anything that I am not, and I believe that the conscious heart music coming into the world right now will be progressively embraced and appreciated. As for other artists, I do find that I naturally gravitate into different styles by being influenced by people and sounds that I love and admire.

What piece of advice from a musician or mentor has stayed with you?

This also will change – Goenkaji

What advice would you give an up-and-coming musician?

Go into the stream of what makes you come alive, then get out of the way and be played and sung by the world. Do it for the love of life!

What are your aspirations as a singer-songwriter?

I love it when my music reaches people who are lacking a sense of connection in life. Bringing solace and healing into the storms of the human dance, and touching and inspiring people with positivity.

Tell me about this album – did you achieve what you set out to?

Yes! It had been more than three years since my last album release, and this one is much more produced and rich with textures and layers of sound. An amazing learning curve for me too, in recording and producing it all myself.

Mixed by Benjamin Last at Reel Spirit and mastered by Michael Worthington, it is a very local production, and features some of Byron’s most talented musicians, bringing through the feeling of joy and connection that I receive when I am deep inside the music in a live setting.

What should we expect for your Byron show?

A lush evening of sonic harmony to marinate in! I will be joined by Rebekah Ray (vocals), Laura Targett (violin), Walter Piccolruaz (percussion), Shai Shriki (oud), Robbie McIntosh (double bass), and Avishai Barnatan (ney)  sculpting the evening into a journey of sound. I will be making use of the beautiful grand piano at the Community Centre, and sharing a few new songs as well. Prepare to be touched and inspired !

Murray Kyle launches Keystone at the Byron Community Centre on Friday.   Doors 7PM / 7.30       $20 entry

Previous articleCartoon
Next articleClearly a case of being Everclear

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get up close and personal with...

Local rum

  Lord Byron Distillery is located right in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, making it super-easy to visit the distillery if you’re in Byron....

New hinterland whiskey

Winding Road Distillery is based in Tintenbar, and early next week they are due to release their first single malt whiskey, initially to members...

‘Dining in the Dark’ at Forest, Byron

To celebrate the North Coast Festival of Flavour, Forest restaurant is turning off the lights so you can turn up your senses, and let...