'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan with live score by Ben Walsh’s Orkestra of The Underground Ben Walsh’s 10-piece band Orkestra of the Underground perform a live score to projected images from Shaun Tan’s book The Arrival.

World respected percussionist Ben Walsh randomly discovered The Arrival in a bookshop. He fell in love with the work and immediately imagined the whole story brought to life in sound. For three years, Ben has dreamed of realising this musical vision and The Sydney Opera House Graphic Festival provided the vehicle for his Orkestra of the Underground to breathe musical life into Shaun Tan’s beautiful illustrations.

The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that seem to come from a long-forgotten time. This masterpiece of visual storytelling has inspired superlative reviews and awards from across the globe. Sequential narrative, devoid of text, places a renewed focus on the illustrations to tell the story. The Arrival’s sepia toned work is some of the most compelling work produced - straddling the line between graphic novel and picture book. Ben Walsh is a musical chameleon straddling genres, styles and performance mediums effortlessly and with aplomb.


"Ben Walsh has an innate talent for bringing talented individuals together around musical projects. His Orkestra Of The Underground pools the diverse and creative talent of Australia's music scene towards composition projects" - Time Out Sydney



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