‘Part art music, part poetry reading and part folk-rock oratorio, it was by turns profoundly moving, playful and darkly atmospheric’ Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad and migration.
And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air? In a new song cycle Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger have written 13 new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, using words from the likes of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A.D. Hope and more. Each poem is its own world — delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with all states in between.
‘He [Kelly] sung with his arms outstretched like a bird in flight and the music, words and voices combined effortlessly’ Brigid Delaney, The Guardian
Originally commissioned by Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with GWB Entertainment
Composed by James Ledger & Paul Kelly
Piano Anna Goldsworthy
Violin Helen Ayres
Cello Tim Nankervis
Vocals and Acoustic guitar Paul Kelly
Electric guitar and synthesizer
Vocals, Banjo, autoharp,
glockenspiel, percussion and synthesizer
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Friday 14 June 2019 6pm & 8.30pm
Duration: 1 hour 25 mins (no interval)
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