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Absolute Bird: Sounds of the Outback

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear the sounds of the Australian skies in a musical exploration of one of the world's most diverse environments, featuring a UK premiere by Hollis Taylor.

Ornithologist and musician Taylor has been making field recordings of Australian birdsong for decades, combining her recordings with new music to create an incredible insight into this musical and aerial world in her Absolute Bird series.

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey brings the latest in this series to London, joining forces with City of London Sinfonia and conductor Jessica Cottis for a whole evening of music inspired by the natural world.

Alongside Taylor’s Absolute Bird, Lacey performs Whistles and Whispers from Uluru, Tüür’s musical representation of Australia’s iconic natural landmark, and Rebel’s Les Elemens, one of the most daring musical portraits of the chaos of creation for previous centuries.

This performance also has a participatory element as with the use of their smartphones and tablets, our audience members help to recreate the sounds of an Australian rainforest with birdsong recordings captured from the outback.


City of London Sinfonia
Jessica Cottis conductor
Alexandra Wood director, violin
Genevieve Lacey recorder


Hollis Taylor: Absolute Bird 1 (Voices; Owen Springs reserve 2014)
Vivaldi: Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C, RV.443
Louis Hardin alias 'Moondog': Birds of Paradise
Erkki-Sven Tuur: Recorder Concerto (Whistles and Whispers from Uluru)
Rebel: Les élémens (Simphonie nouvelle)
Hollis Taylor: Absolute Bird 2 (Greens Park; Alice Springs: Gosse @ Sturt; Hugh River); Concerto for recorder & chamber orchestra (Absolute Bird) (UK premiere)

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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