The Drowners

Originally posted at Resonate Magazine :

Template 258x173Andrew Ford writes about his work The Drowners for baritone voice and chamber orchestra, about to be premiered in London on 10 March. The same concert by the UK-based Ruthless Jabiru includes a premiere of a work for strings, percussion and tape by Rosalind Page.

In my sequence of songs, The Drowners, a surfer struggles against the rip (or dreams he does); a drowning man is dragged back from the cold North Sea by his wife, as his laughing child watches from the beach; a toddler drowns in a well in the 19th-century colony of Augusta, Western Australia; grieving parents are visited by the wraiths of their drowned children; a man, out of his depth all his life, drowns when he swims ‘too far out’; the King of Naples is believed to lie at the bottom of the sea, his eyes having turned to pearls. You might be forgiven for thinking I have an obsession with drowning.
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Ruthless Jabiru to examine asylum policy

Originally posted at RelevantNow :

London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will use its forthcoming performance to foster a revival of empathy towards refugees.

Centred around the world premiere of The Drowners, a major new orchestral song cycle by British-Australian composer Andrew Ford, the project will honour tidal forces and the many lives lost seeking asylum by sea. This focal work will be framed by the music of composers Nicole Lizée, Rosalind Page, Wolfgang Rihm and Fausto Romitelli to conjure a muted submarine dreamscape: a dark world of distorted gravity, out of body experience and ominous fantasies of the inner ear.

Ruthless Jabiru is an ensemble uniquely dedicated to exploring humanitarian, sustainability and social justice stories through the music of contemporary composers. Using orchestral Continue reading

Ruthless Jabiru and Morgan Pearse // The Drowners

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Rosalind Page Zerkalo (Mirror) [World premiere]
Nicole Lizée The Red Room
Wolfgang Rihm Nature Morte – Still Alive
Andrew Ford The Drowners [World premiere]
Fausto Romitelli The Nameless City

Ruthless Jabiru returns to the chapel of Kings College London for a programme in solidarity with our brothers and sisters seeking asylum by sea. Devised and conducted by Kelly Lovelady, the project will honour tidal forces and all those who have offered themselves up to our oceans in search of a safer life.
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