Songs of Emzara

Songs of Emzara

Songs of Emzara is a tribute to the species who at this moment struggle for their survival – the Indri Indri, Black Crested Gibbon, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Booroolong Frog, Blue-throated Macaw… and many more. These are the characters that will take centre stage - it is their voices that you will hear and voices that will touch your heart.  

Performed by Dangerous Song, a collaboration between Lizzie O’Keefe and Linsey Pollak, Songs of Emzara combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered animals. Linsey uses breath, lip pressure and fingering to play animal calls while Lizzie weaves her voice in and out of this musical landscape. It is their response to the current 6th Extinction Crisis and it’s a Song for the Planet. 

This musical journey takes us to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. A sort of sonic morphing.  This sonic world is mirrored by the projection of images of our endangered planet onto the performers themselves and lighting the natural world around them creating a multi-dimensional experience for the audience. 

The serenity of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens will add to the immersive experience as the gardens glow under a ‘Sturgeon’ full moon.  

Note: Ticket price includes a hot beverage. Please BYO cup.

History often neglects ‘Her Story’, and the stories of The Great Flood are no exception…  

It was Emzara who prophesied the Great Flood and saw the need for an Ark that could carry both a male and female of as many species as possible to save them from certain extinction. Yet we know little of her story.  

Emzara was a renowned singer and storyteller. Even as a young child she was always very self-possessed and was often found conversing with animals, which made many people quite wary of her. At the sheer age of 4, she rode wild horses and had no fear of animals, and they in turn had no fear of her. She communicated with animals through songs which were passed on to her daughters, granddaughters and so on. These were the ‘Songs of Emzara’.  


The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. This event is also supported by Living Smart.

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