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The Bowerbird Collective - A Season on the Wind: Music for Migratory Birds

Presented by the Carmel Bach Festival and co-sponsored by Monterey Audubon, this amazing musical ensemble from Australia “makes art for nature.” They combine live music, spectacular visuals, and immersive soundscapes to tell nature stories that cross the arts/science divide.

The Bowerbird Collective - A Season on the Wind: Music for Migratory Birds
The Bowerbird Collective - A Season on the Wind: Music for Migratory Birds

Time & Location

May 26, 2024, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM PDT

Carmel-by-the-Sea, 3600 Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

About the event

The Carmel Bach Festival is excited to expand its activities beyond  the July festival with a special concert, “A Season on the Wind,” which celebrates the epic migration of North American birds, performed by The Bowerbird Collective,  a stellar musical ensemble from Australia that “makes art for nature.”  They combine live music, spectacular visuals, and immersive soundscapes  to tell nature stories that cross the arts/science divide, “a delicate  and beautiful fusion” (Australian Birdlife Magazine).

The Bowerbird Collective was invited by the Biggest Week in American Birding (BWIAB) to adapt conservationist Kenn Kaufman’s book of the same name. They commissioned the Brothers Balliett to write music inspired  by North American bird migration. Doug’s musical influences include  Renaissance and Baroque music, rap, and the Beatles. In the tradition of J.S. Bach, Doug writes a new church cantata every week for St. Mary’s  Church in New York. Brad is a musician and “bird nerd.”

Composer and singer Majel Connery will join the Bowerbird Collective  and also perform “The Rivers Are Our Brothers,” her electronic song  cycle on ecological responsibility told from the point of view of the  land.

Program

The Rivers Are Our Brothers (30 minutes) | MAJEL CONNERY

A Season on the Wind (50 minutes) | BRAD BALLIETT, libretto; DOUG BALLIETT, score; THE BROTHERS BALLLIETT, orchestration

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