Originally posted at Resonate Magazine :
Andrew 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.
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.
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Sat, 10 Mar 2018, 17:00
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.
Originally posted at Wind Chamber:
Sunday 04 February 2018, 19:00
Crescent Fort Rouge United
525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg
Massed clarinets of Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba with guest soloist Dr. Cathy Wood (Brandon University) and conductor Kelly Lovelady (UK)
Co-directed by Michael Cutler and Charmaine Bacon and now in its fourth season, Wind Chamber delivers upwards of six concerts per year with proceeds benefiting the arts initiatives of Crescent Fort Rouge United.
Originally posted at Omnibus Clapham:
Mon 20 Nov, 7.30pm | £10 | £8 concessions
ocean. is an evening of interdisciplinary, intercultural exploration curated by Filipina-Australian theatre maker, Jules Orcullo
It is a coming-together of performing artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands – an open space to share, commune and connect.
Journey with us, the long way home, through an eclectic and explorative array of music, dance, film, theatre and more. ocean. invites you to engage in the present of these far-flung regions as well as their past.
The Pacific as a peace force is a powerful idea for me: an oceanic body named for its energetic flow and Activist potential where others are known only for their territory.
This month I am exploring pacifism and carriage in a devised piece for The Joy Offensive ocean. I will conduct Ruthless Jabiru in Liza Lim Gothic, one of six mixed media performances considering the UK’s ethical and social intersections with the Asia Pacific.
We meet the humanity of ocean in the ujjayi breath: the great regulator and bringer of prana, dissolver of fear, stress and battle armour, carrier of treasures and toxins. We open our bodies to the ocean spirit and are unlocked; healed and polished by its wave rhythms. And yet- why do we feel humanised when we should feel humbled? Why so blinded by our supremacy?
The biosphere makes its appeal: a borderless Gothic temple to the salty gods but we still resist the antiphon. So confounded are we by our socalled needs, we forget we too can be pacific.
This is a timely project for me: a thought study towards Ruthless Jabiru’s next major programme honouring tidal forces. The long-awaited premiere of Andrew Ford’s orchestral song cycle The Drowners will sit alongside works by Nicole Lizée, Rosalind Page, Wolfgang Rihm and Fausto Romitelli. But for now, ocean.