Upcoming Events

USA Tour | A Season on the Wind

Featuring Majel Connery and the Bowerbird Collective
with a performance of 'Rivers are our Brothers', a song cycle by Majel Connery

May 10 | Biggest Week in American Birding, Toledo, OH
May 13 | Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
May 14 | 'Where Song Began', Cultural Arts Center at Disciples Church, Cleveland, OH
May 15 | Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
May 18 | Half Moon Bay house concert, CA
May 19 | Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA
May 23 | First Church, Berkeley, CA
May 24 | Cowell Ranch Hay Barn UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
May 25 | Henry Miller Library, CA | postponed due to landslide
May 26 | Carmel-by-the-sea, CA
Presented by the Carmel Bach Festival

The Bowerbird Collective proudly presents ‘A Season on the Wind’, a cinematic concert based on author, ornithologist and conservationist Kenn Kaufman’s book of the same name. This event is an inspiring ode to migratory birds, and an unforgettable night of musical storytelling. A musical and visual journey from the shores of Lake Erie across the Americas, this 50-minute performance stars three internationally acclaimed musicians, and features spectacular visuals and soundscapes. Created by the Bowerbird Collective, an award-winning Australian-based organization making art for nature, at the invitation of the Biggest Week in American Birding festival and Kenn Kaufman himself, the work features a newly commissioned score by The Brothers Balliett (NYC), whose music is praised as “vivid, emotive, with contemporary twists”.

Also featured on the program is 'Rivers are our Brothers', a song cycle by Majel Connery on ecological responsibility told from the point of view of the land. Commissioned by Musica Sierra and created in partnership with Learning Landscapes, an educational program of the Feather River Land Trust, the songs in the cycle take a first-person view of nature, ascribing human qualities and feelings to elements of the landscape: water, trees, mountains, rivers, etc. You can stream the cycle on Apple Music, Spotify or Bandcamp.

Program:
'Rivers are our Brothers' song cycle (by Majel Connery, with The Bowerbird Collective) - 20 minutes
Intermission
A Season on the Wind (by The Bowerbird Collective, Majel Connery, & The Brothers Balliett) - 50 minutes

Performers:
Majel Connery | vocals, keyboard
with The Bowerbird Collective
Simone Slattery | violin, vocals
Anthony Albrecht | cello

Music for migratory birds (FB)

“Spectacular... There isn’t enough space to provide adequate praise” - Limelight Magazine

“It moved me to tears... I left feeling I had been sung to by the country” - Audience member

“...a work of art... a transfixing soundscape” - Sounds Like Sydney

About the performers: The Bowerbird Collective makes art for nature. Their work has received international acclaim, and their albums of threatened bird and frog calls, 'Songs of Disappearance', twice reached the top of the ARIA Album Charts ahead of Adele, ABBA and Ed Sheeran. Violinist Simone Slattery was a 2019 Churchill Fellow, received a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia's finest ensembles. Cellist Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School's Historical Performance program and enjoys an international career.

Simone Slattery - King Island, 2019 - credit Anthony Albrecht (Large)

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