Artist Kerry Morrison and composer Jon Hering have teamed up for what may be the most unusual concept piece of the 21st century…so far. Bird Sheet Music – A Movement in Three Parts is a 20 minute composition recently premiered at the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery by the aPAtT Orchestra. The piece was assembled after laying manuscript paper on the ground in Liverpool parks. The birds then “did their business” of composing the piece. Here’s a link where you can listen to a short segment of the piece.
Now that you know what its about, read the clever title again: Bird Sheet Music – A Movement in Three Parts.
And since this premiered yesterday, it’s history–and thus quite fitting for Weird Music History.
This quote by David Ackert in the LA Times pretty much sums it up.
“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
– David Ackert, LA Times
A Maestro’s Rules for Rescuing and Refreshing the Orchestra Industry
My colleague Bill Eddins has again written something blunt…and brilliantly simple. Yes it truly is this simple, in my opinion. And while most seem like no-brainers, you’d be surprised with how inflexible every aspect of the industry can be at times. Nonetheless, Bill’s loosely stated rules would save many an orchestra facing their own fiscal cliffs. Bravo to Maestro Eddins for having the “Buxtehudes” to call everyone out, as we all deserve to be at times! (clink the link above to go the the Inside the Arts blog post)
My interests in the quirky and trivial have inspired another blog: Weird Music History. Pop on over to my alter ego for a daily strange musical fact. I’ve been doing this for my Facebook friends since October, and it’s been fun and educational. Happy to share with the larger community.