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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Everyone was a bird

Originally posted at Inside Story :

Template 258x173Music | It’s no surprise that Messiaen was a prisoner of war when he first made use of birdsong, writes Andrew Ford

Earlier this year I composed a song cycle for baritone and orchestra [The Drowners] that includes words from a letter by the nineteenth-century West Australian botanist Georgiana Molloy, telling of the drowning of her infant son. For obvious reasons I have been thinking about it again these past few days.

Setting a poem to music is one thing, setting somebody’s letter is another. In this case the diction is rather formal. Georgiana is writing to a man in England she has never met, a collector of plants to whom she sends specimens. She tells him of her child’s drowning in order to explain her tardiness, apologising for presuming on the professional nature of their Continue reading

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.

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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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ocean.

Originally posted at Omnibus Clapham:

Samara Jundi - OceanMon 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.
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We the pacific

Originally posted at Kelly Lovelady:

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.

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CCL Slovenia: Meet The Participants

Originally posted at Creative Climate Leadership:

Julie’s Bicycle and PiNA are pleased to announce the participants for our second Creative Climate Leadership course. We have selected 23 leaders from 89 outstanding applications.

Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) is a pan-European programme for artists and cultural professionals exploring the cultural dimensions of climate change. The second CCL international training course will take place near Koper, Slovenia, between 8th-14th October 2017, facilitated by Slovenian-based sustainable development and training NGO PiNA, and Julie’s Bicycle, a London-based charity supporting the creative community to power action on climate change.
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Cat Hope “Pure”

Cat Hope Pure for found object, orchestra and subtones (2014-16)
Devised by Kelly Lovelady
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Live recording by Apple & Biscuit
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Kelly Lovelady, conductor

Originally posted at Meet the Artist:

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Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music?
Conducting felt inevitable for me as a teenager: a natural evolution despite my oblivion at the time to everything it would eventually entail! The realisation was unceremonious- not really a dream or desire but a moment of clarity. I was lucky to find my two conducting teachers in the years that followed and both continue to mentor me almost 18 years on.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
I think my tastes and philosophies are largely the result of producing my own work. When you find yourself responsible for every detail you start to reconsider the possibilities. If your self Continue reading

Michael Cryne: ‘Slipstream’ World Premiere

Originally posted at Composers Edition:

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London-based all-Australian chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will perform Michael Cryne‘s ‘Slipstream’ in its world premiere this Sunday, 9 April 2017, as part of the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a new festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom. The programme, curated and conducted by the orchestra’s artistic director Kelly Lovelady, aims to call for London’s cultural organisations to go fossil funds free, and point out at the topic of fuel dependency and its ramifications for the soul of our world.

The orchestra’s programmes are devised around existing and commissioned repertoire by today’s composers with a view to promoting sustainability and ethical dialogue, and are dedicated to humanitarian stories. Other works include Julia Wolfe’s Fuel, Cat Hope’s Pure, Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in
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