With James Ledger, Alice Keath and Seraphim Trio. Birds have fascinated poets for centuries. They inspire us with their song and flight and also as...
Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds
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With James Ledger, Alice Keath and Seraphim Trio.
Birds have fascinated poets for centuries. They inspire us with their song and flight and also as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace and luck – both good and bad. What better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?
In a new song cycle stemmed from an idea by Anna Goldsworthy, Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger perform thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds. Each one draws on prose from the likes of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Each song is its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with every imagining in between.
For one performance only, Paul Kelly and James Ledger will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim (Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin and Tim Nankervis – cello) and singer-songwriter Alice Keath. Together they create a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and vocals, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.
"(Paul Kelly's) voice — sly and warm, laconic and sometimes frail — may be the closest thing we have to a national one." – The Monthly
"James Ledger has established an impressive reputation as a symphonic composer." The Australian
Presented by City Recital Hall and GWB Entertainment.