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Date:October 27, 2021

Batchelor Institute Seminar Series: One Way Learning: An Experience of Being Taught by Aboriginal Legends

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Michael Hohnen
Event: One Way Learning: An Experience of Being Taught by Aboriginal Legends
Date: Friday 29 October 2021
Time: 11am – 12 noon ACST
Location: Building Purple 12, Room G, Batchelor Campus
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Who: All staff, students and members of the general public are invited to attend. Please share this invitation among your networks.

About this seminar:

Michael Hohnen, Creative Director of Skinnyfish Music, will showcase a unique side to working in the Northern Territory as he shares his learning from the oldest continuous culture in the world.

About Michael Hohnen:

In 1999, Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen formed Skinnyfish Music. Michael is the creative director of Skinnyfish Music, double bass player, and producer. Michael and Mark run a music publishing partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia, and coordinate Barunga Festival for the Jawoyn Association and the Barunga Community Committee, with the Bagala Traditional Owners.

With Geoffrey ‘Gurrumul’ Yunupingu, Michael travelled and performed across the United States, Asia and Europe, and recorded in the UK and US. Skinnyfish Music has won many ARIAs, NT Music Industry Awards, Music NT awards, NIMAs and Deadly Awards. Michael and Mark were also both named Australians Of The Year (NT), and Michael is an inductee into the Music NT (song of the year) Hall Of Fame.

Prior to founding Skinnyfish Music, Michael worked at St John’s College as a music teacher with students from 30 different communities; at the Northern Territory University for seven years teaching music industry skills and development courses to mainstream and remote students in Darwin, Galiwinku, Nguiu, Manmoyi, Mamadawerre, Maningrida, Oenpelli, Warruwi, Minjilang, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Bickerton Island, Wadeye, Tennant Creek and Boroloola; and for NTOEC where he instigated the first employment of remote Aboriginal practitioners in the Darwin office, including George Rrurrumbu (lead singer of Warumpi Band), and co-delivered more music industry training across the NT.