The Birds and the Bees
An excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Aboriginal heritage tour earlier this year formed the central point of inspiration in the curation of our March 2020 concert, "The Birds and the Bees".
Our concert opens with John Corigliano's "Three Irish Folk Song Settings". Chloe and Deepka (with videography by Jeff) recorded this before the onset of stricter social distancing rules, however with cautious sensibility to keep our distance as we experimented with performing the songs with a slight twist at home.
In "Listen, Bumblebee", Deepka and Alice explore remote music-making as the lockdown continued. In our tour, we were shown how local native social bees are stingless and are superior pollinators, and how their behaviour can be used as a weather guide for Indigenous peoples, by our guide, Todd Anthony Phillips-Lexicon.
In "Glass Insects", Alice was inspired to create music 'for the new world' in her ASMR ambience track which explores the delicate and sensuous world of imagined insects in a secret garden.
Katarina and Chloe close the virtual concert with in "Evening Under the Hill" by Miriam Hyde, recorded earlier in the year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as we head full circle to where the seed of inspiration began for our concert - exploring, learning and bringing light to learning the rich history of Gadigal land in which we are so lucky and privileged to play and work on.
You can learn more about the process behind curating and researching for our concert in our interview with local Indigenous guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Todd Phillips.
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This virtual concert has raised a profit of $200 (to date) which is being donated to Firesticks, Indigenous Fire Alliance. Firesticks provides Indigenous leadership to protect, conserve and enhance cultural values of people and Country through Indigenous fire and land management practices - something that we feel is incredibly important in this time of increased bushfire severity.