Paul Kelly In Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds

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Twilight at Taronga

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?

Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds brings six musicians from broad-ranging backgrounds together to perform bird inspired poems, written by John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A D Hope and others. It features the piano trio Seraphim with Anna Goldsworthy on piano, Helen Ayres on violin and Tim Nankervis on cello, along with composer James Ledger and singer-songwriters Paul Kelly and Alice Keath.

They have created an evocative sound-scape, each poem its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and grinding at others, with all states in between. Banjo with pizzicato strings, synthesizer drones with piano, processed guitar with glockenspiel are just a few of the combinations to be heard.

Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds is a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.

Opening for Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds is Narrm-based Wergaia / Wemba Wemba woman Alice Skye, who is also a Side of Stage Ambassador. 

Thanks to Twilight at Toronga, we've got 1 x double pass on offer for:

Friday 28th February 2020 @ Taronga Zoo

This is an all ages event, but we recommened being 16+ to apply. Winners will be notified 10 business days prior to the event. 

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