This is my favourite piece of Australian music. Ross Edwards’ Dawn Mantras, also know as Breath of the Spirit, was composed especially for the Dawn Performance which took place on the sails of the Sydney Opera House at sunrise on the first day of the new millennium and was telecast live to an estimated audience of two billion people around the world.
It was performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians: Ellena Baroni, child soprano; Riley Lee, shakuhachi; Sandy Evans, tenor saxophone; Matthew Doyle, didjeridoo; The Sydney Children’s Choir directed by Lyn Williams and The Sydney Chamber Choir directed by Nicholas Routley.
This Youtube clip of the music is accompanied by some images of Australia’s outback scenery. It is simply magical. Enjoy it.