Yo Victorians: We’re playing Ben Walsh’s wild and wonderful musical setting for Shaun Tan’s graphic novel “The Arrival” at the Melbourne Recital Centre to open the Melbourne Writer’s Festival next week, on Friday August 26. Featuring, among others, Ben Walsh, Sandy Evans, Matt Ottignon, Bobby Singh, Hermitude, and myself.
The inventive graphic stories of internationally renowned local illustrator Shaun Tan have already migrated from page to screen, with the Oscar-winning film The Lost Thing. Now, Tan’s much-loved The Arrival – following the melancholic yet hopeful adventures of a refugee in a strange world – has been brought to life in music by Sydney composer and musician Ben Walsh. An amazing live ‘sonic-scape’, performed by the multi-instrumental Orkestra of the Underground, accompanies projections of Tan’s exquisite illustrations. Tan will introduce this performance via video. This remarkable collaboration makes its Victorian premiere as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.