The Black Arm Band Company

music of the Australian Aboriginal experience


I feel very honoured and very proud to be up there amongst everyone. We are sharing the stage. We’re sharing the strength. You don’t have to be overpowering another one. You don’t have to be the star of the show. We’re all stars. We’re all stars lined up. It’s like looking up at the sky. Which is the best star? You can’t say because they’re all beautiful, see, so that’s what it’s all about. None of us is better than the other. We’re all just great. We’re too good. We’re deadly.

- Ruby Hunter on murundak

1 December 2013

Black Arm Band wishes to apologise to sculptor and instrument maker David Murphy whose name was inadvertently left off the in house program for last Saturday nights performance of ngangwurra means heart – the Black Arm Band collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. David is the sculptor and instrument maker responsible for the “bush” violin used in the show. David also the supplied the key imagery of the “curlaphone”, on which the marketing collateral was based.

4 December 2013

VicHealth celebrated the top projects and campaigns improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians at its annual health promotion awards last night. Black Arm Band was nominated and won in the Building Health through the Arts category for the group’s work in Using Music as a Vehicle for Social Change. Winners of the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne by Victorian Health Minister The Hon. David Davis, Shadow Minister for Health The Hon. Gavin Jennings, VicHealth Chair Mark Birrell and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.