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Peter Knight, Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred with Meredith Bates

Jun 25, 2024
  • Peter Knight
  • Daniel Wilfred
  • David Wilfred
  • Meredith Bates



3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


Free, no registration required



As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, join us for a discussion with Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred, and Peter Knight of the Australian contemporary music ensemble Hand to Earth.

Daniel and David Wilfred are keepers of Yolngu Manikay, indigenous songs from Northeast Arnhem Land that can be traced back more than 40,000 years, making them the world’s oldest continuously practiced music tradition. Daniel sings of the stars, of fire, and of the cooling rain to the drone of David’s didgeridoo and Peter’s trumpet and electronic atmospheres.

Throughout the event, they will be joined in conversation by musician, composer, and educator Meredith Bates.

About the Artists

Peter Knight is a musician, composer, and sound artist based in Australia. He performs trumpet and electronics in the ensemble Hand to Earth, and his solo work interweaves acoustic preparations and extended techniques with electroacoustic processing.

Daniel Wilfred is a musician based in Arnhem Land, Australia. He is the keeper of traditional Yolngu Manikay and is a vocalist in the ensemble Hand to Earth.

David Wilfred is a musician based in Arnhem Land, Australia. He is the keeper of traditional Yolngu Manikay and plays yidaki (didgeridoo) in the ensemble Hand to Earth.

Meredith Bates is a violinist based in Vancouver, Canada. Pushing her classical training outward through extended techniques, improvisation, and electronic experimentation, Bates composes ambient and electroacoustic works inspired by our relationship to one another and our surroundings. She records and performs internationally as a member of numerous ensembles, and is artistic director of the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society.



The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor of Western Front, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.


Presented in partnership with Coastal Jazz with support from Jazztopad Festival (National Forum of Music, Wroclaw), the Government of Canada, and SOCAN Foundation.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.