On April 9 I had the good fortune of performing a new piece with the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble.
I'm posting it now because it might help us all get in the bird frame of brain, just in time for LIFE LIST.
And actually, the text of the last movement (European Starlings) found its way into Life List in altered form...
Detailed program notes are to be found below the video.
From the program notes: April 2016
Oiseaux Domestiques is an ever-growing cycle of poems for narrator and chamber ensemble, about the most commonly-heard birds in urban Toronto. Here are the first four, which showcase the metallic sounds the TPC ensemble can make. Each piece imitates some aspect of the bird’s vocalizations, while approaching each subject with a different narrative structure, viewpoint and/or mood:
White-Breasted Nuthatches celebrates the (a)rhythmic qualities of the bird’s call, and starts imagining what it might be saying.
Downy Woodpeckers explains why a love-sick bird might hammer on metal instead of wood.
Black-Capped Chickadees meditates on the perils of being a tiny bird in the winter.
European Starlings proclaims the joyful contradictions of these noisy, imitative and sublime invaders.
Alex Eddington would like to dedicate this piece to his new son, Robin.