A new contemporary
MUSIC CREATION
by David Holyoake with Ensemble Matisse, including
sound recordings of extinct and endangered song birds

Extinct Birds is a contemporary music creation and performance project, featuring new chamber music set against live electronics and sound recordings of extinct and endangered song birds. Composed by David Holyoake, this is a new commission from London based Ensemble Matisse, with support from the UK Arts Council. Acoustic music is scored for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, ethnic percussion and voice. During the performances, the Bird song provides background texture, but at times also thematic launching point for the contemporary music.

The Earth is in an era of mass extinction, caused in large part by human activities. There is no more poignant or alarming symbol of impending ecological collapse than the extinct song bird. Birds exist in the collective unconscious as symbols of freedom, human progress, dreams, spiritual growth, and of course, of music itself. The birds are dying. By juxtaposing human music and human song against the song of other species whose destruction we have caused, Extinct Birds makes a statement about the relationship between the human species and other species, and hints that, in the absence of deep cultural and economic change, human extinction (or the death of much that is 'human') is entirely possible.

The sound recordings of extinct birds have been obtained and licensed from the Macaulay Library of Cornell University
in the United States.

For more information on species extinction, or to donate
to the work of the IUCN, see http://www.iucn.org/

Ensemble Matisse will be joined by guest artists including acclaimed baritone René Bloice-Sanders and
Daniel Bradley (percussion).

In the second half of the programme, Ensemble Matisse
will perform a selection of 20th century works.

Click here to download the printtable version of the programme.

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MUSICIANS
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CONCERTS CALENDAR

At the premiere at Lauderdale House, the performance will feature an
address from guest speaker Dr Sue Armstrong-Brown, Head of
ConservationPolicy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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In addition to the new commission ‘Extinct Birds’, Ensemble Matisse will also perform works by Messiaen (Abîme des oiseaux), Ravel (Oiseaux Tristes), Macmillan (A different world), Biber (Sonata Representativa), Casals (Song of the Birds) and Beethoven (Clarinet Trio opus 11).

Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London N6 5HG
Friday 25th October 2013 | 7:30 (Doors at 7pm).
Tickets@ www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk

In addition to the new commission ‘Extinct Birds’, Ensemble Matisse will also perform works by Messiaen (Abîme des oiseaux), Ravel (Oiseaux Tristes), Biber (Sonata Representativa) and Beethoven (Clarinet Trio opus 11).

The Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Sunday 27th October 2013 | 9 pm
Tickets on the door

In addition to the new commission ‘Extinct Birds’, Ensemble Matisse will also perform works by Messiaen (Abîme des oiseaux), Ravel (Oiseaux Tristes), Biber (Sonata Representativa) and Beethoven (Clarinet Trio opus 11).

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 1DG Tuesday 29th October 2013 | 1:05 pm
Tickets@ www.fairfield.co.uk
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St Stephens Church, Glouceter Road London | 6pm start
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CONTACTS

For more information:

david.holyoake@gmail.com

phone: 07576396599

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ANIMATION

Kamao, extinct. Reproduced with permission from Naturalis, Biodiversity Center, Holland.