Casula Powerhouse in association with Sydney Festival present TÌNH KHÚC TỪ QUÊ HƯƠNG/ Songs From Home
Dang Lan and Toby Martin

Toby Martin_Dang Lam_Sydney Festival 2021

Dang Lan is a multi-instrumentalist and performer of Vietnamese popular and folk music. Toby Martin is a rock musician and songwriter, best known as the singer in Youth Group.

Lan and Toby met while working on Songs From Northam Avenue (Urban Theatre Projects) five years ago and have been friends and musical collaborators ever since. This concert premieres new songs that Lan and Toby have written together – songs about journeys to and from Australia, and complicated feelings about home, longing and displacement – as well as traditional Vietnamese songs given a new twist.  These songs represent a meeting point between Lan and Toby’s two musical traditions. They are local Sydney and western Sydney songs and stories, but they are also global ones.

Lan and Toby will be joined by guest musicians including Bree van Reyk and Matthew Steffen.

This work was commissioned by Utp.

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Chương Trình Âm Nhạc với Đăng Lan và Toby Martin (Dang Lan & Toby Martin in concert)

Đăng Lan thành thạo nhiều nhạc cụ và là nghệ sĩ trình diễn tân và cổ nhạc Việt Nam. Toby Martin là một ca nhạc sĩ nhạc rock, thường được biết đến là thành viên ban nhạc rock Youth Group.

Năm năm trước, sau khi gặp gỡ tại chương trình Khúc Ca Từ Phố Northam (Songs From Northam Avenue), Lan và Toby trở thành bạn và đã nhiều lần hợp tác ăn ý đến nay. Chương trình này sẽ ra mắt những nhạc phẩm mới sáng tác bởi Lan và Toby, về hành trình di dân đến Úc; những cảm xúc lẫn lộn về quê hương, sự khát khao và nỗi nhớ, cũng như thổi một làn gió mới vào các ca khúc bất hủ của Việt Nam. Các bài hát này tượng trưng cho sự hoà hợp trong âm nhạc giữa Lan và Toby. Đây không chỉ là những giai điệu và câu chuyên của Sydney và Tây Sydney, mà còn là của trên toàn thế giới.

Nghệ sĩ khách mời gồm có Bree van Reyk và Matthew Steffen. Dự án này được uỷ nhiệm bởi Urban Theatre Projects.

Thứ Bảy
23 Tháng Một
Tất cả mọi lứa tuổi
Giá vé: $35

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Make a day of it, bring the kids and attend our free public programs!

Fan Making Workshop
Kids Studio
23 January 2021 | 11am - 12.30pm

As part of TÌNH KHÚC TỪ QUÊ HƯƠNG / Songs from Home, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is hosting a family workshop before the performance. The workshop will explore elements from the show that includes a connection to Vietnamese folk music, and participants will create their own fans. These fans will take inspiration from ideas of home explored in the music written and performed by Dang Lan and Toby Martin. Facilitated by Casula Powerhouse’s educators, the workshop will be a drop-in with fans taking approximately 20 minutes to create. Numbers will be limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.

The workshop is a free add-on when you book tickets to the show!

Family Ticket Prices:
$70 for a family of 4

Image: Joanne Saad, Dena, a star is born, 2005. ink jet print between Plexiglass

Collection Highlights – Reflections on Belonging
Theatre Foyer Gallery
16 – 27 January 2021 


Reflections on Belonging is an exhibition featuring artworks from the Liverpool City Council Collection curated in response to Dang Lan and Toby Martin’s TÌNH KHÚC TỪ QUÊ HƯƠNG/ Songs From Home. The artworks explore the diverse, playful and perplexing ways we crave, find or create what feels like home.

The day includes free dance performances by Elysian Dance School in our Turbine Hall at 1:30pm prior to the 2pm show.

Enjoy a meal and our cultural program throughout the day:

Pre-show lunch: 12:30pm

Bellbird Dining & Bar Menu : $35 per person.  
-Crispy Prawn Toast, Sriracha Aioli & Coriander
-Vietnamese Style Duck Breast, Chilli Sauce & Herb Salad  

Meal and show prices : $60.00
(save $10 on the ticket price for a meal and a show)


Dang Lan is a renowned interpreter of Vietnamese music in Australia. She has been a key figure in promoting Vietnamese culture in Australia for the last forty years. Lan is well known as a vocalist, an instrumentalist, a composer and a reciter of Vietnamese poetry. Lan has performed in Sydney and interstate, at numerous high-profile cultural and multicultural events such as the Festival of Asian Music and Dance and the Sydney Asian Theatre Festival. She has also been a prolific contributor to SBS Radio, and has appeared on television on ABC, SBS and Channel 7 television.

Toby Martin is one of Australia’s most highly regarded songwriters and singers. He has released seven albums, including five with the band Youth Group. He has had a top-ten album, a number one single and won an ARIA award. He has released music in Europe and North America, where he has also toured extensively, including festivals such as Coachella and Reading/Leeds. Youth Group’s albums have been listed on Triple J’s best Australian albums of all time, and Double J’s best albums of 2019.  Toby has also worked as a co-songwriter with legendary Indigenous singer Roger Knox, and as a songwriter on community projects including with Syrian refugees in Jordan and people in incarceration in the UK.

Toby and Lan worked together on Songs From Northam Avenue, a collaboration between musicians based in Sydney and western Sydney with diverse cultural backgrounds and musical styles including Arabic, Vietnamese and western. This project was premiered as part of Utp’s Bankstown Live at the Sydney Festival in 2015, and has since been performed at Carriageworks, Casula Powerhouse and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Praise for Songs from Northam Avenue (2017)

“a unique LP that not only showcases that familiar compassionate songwriting style and gently penetrating melodic gifts but features a group of musicians…that reflects the diversity of the Bankstown community…a sad, wistful, thought-provoking album.”

Barnaby Smith – The Guardian

4.5 stars  -  Rolling Stone

One of the best fifty Australian albums of the decade – David James Young - Junkee.com


DATE: Saturday 23 January 2021
TIMES: 2pm 
DURATION: 1 hr 15 min (no interval)

General admission: $35
Family of 4: $70
Show + meal (lunch / dinner): $60