Eric Avery holding two violins in front of his face.
Eric Avery, Ngiyampaa, Gumbangirr, Bandjalang and Yuin artist
Eric Avery Mumbulla – Kabi Marrawuy Mumbulla – is Ngiyampaa, Gumbangirr, Bandjalang and Yuin descending from Jack Biamanga Mumbulla.

Eric is an interdisciplinary musician and dance artist whose work has encompassed many styles and forms, with a focus on music for Indigenous contemporary dance. Eric learnt classical music by ear, beginning the piano at age seven and the violin at age 11. He went on to study at Newton High School of the Performing Arts and NAISDA Dance College before commencing an independent dance career.

Eric has worked with prominent soloists and ensembles including Tina Arena, Ensemble Offspring, Bow and Arrow, Lorna Munro, The Banyan Crew and well as large ensembles such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (Second Violin), the Alice Springs World Orchestra, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Cross Soloists, the Black Arm Band, Orchestra Victoria, The Australian Ballet, Marrugeku, NAISDA and Shopfront Theatre for Young People.

Eric has received the Smugglers of Light Award, founded by Jan and Nigel Westlake, and was a recipient of the 2021 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.


Eric Avery is a creative polymath: a Ngiyampaa, Gumbangirr, Bandjalang and Yuin artist, trained in classical violin, composition and dance. Avery’s work traverses the natural and the man-made, bringing together ancient tradition and language
with contemporary technology and production techniques.

Scored for violin, bassoon and piano, Mists 1 was commissioned by The Australian Ballet for NAIDOC Week. True to name, this lyrical, evocative work is characterised by shimmering, translucent textures. Composed in two parts, Mists 1 opens with a contemplative stillness that gives way to a mesmeric forward momentum.

© Jessica Cottis, 2022

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