GreyWing Ensemble’s sounds of the environment to ring through Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary


Kirsten Smith of Bayswater (Flute) and Lindsay Vickery of North Perth (Bass Clarinet).  GreyWing Ensemble is a group consisting of four musicians who will perform in the acoustic environment of the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d480526
Kirsten Smith of Bayswater (Flute) and Lindsay Vickery of North Perth (Bass Clarinet). GreyWing Ensemble is a group consisting of four musicians who will perform in the acoustic environment of the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d480526

ENVIRONMENTAL musicians GreyWing Ensemble will be capturing and playing the sounds of nature at a concert in the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary in Bayswater.

The ensemble, which consists of Lindsay Vickery (clarinet), Jameson Feakes (electric guitar), Kirsten Smith (flute) and Catherine Ashley (harp), has released albums, nature forms I and Lines of Flight since making their debut in 2016.

Pinata Percussion will open the concert held on March 25 at 6pm, with entry by donation.

Vickery, also a senior WAAPA lecturer, said both performances would hopefully resonate the sounds of the Sanctuary.

“Many of the pieces on the album, nature forms I, feature recordings of sounds from national parks around the state, so we were looking for a natural setting where we could blend in with the ambient sound of birds, frog and insects,” he said.

“Pinata are playing some rhythms that will probably excite the crickets and frogs and in addition to playing instruments.

“GreyWing will be placing a number of small bluetooth speakers around the space introducing sounds into the environment from bullfrogs from Kalamunda National Park, rain from London, a dry river bed in Texas and even a Guatemalan Volcano.”

Vickery said to his knowledge, there have never been a flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar and harp quartet.

“We are very inspired by the music being created by composers and sound artists here; our state has an extremely vibrant and inventive New Music culture,” he said.

“There is a worldwide Acoustic Ecology movement that has built up since the 1970s that we have drawn on – Leah Barclay who contributed a recording for the album (and) is a very dynamic voice in that area of music.

“We are very happy to have a piece by American composer Matthew Burtner who has been a pioneer that scene.”

The ensemble will have an album launch for Lines of Flight on April 6 at Gallop House in Dalkeith.

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