1. Where Song Began: Simone Slattery and Anthony Albrecht 2017

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I first met Anthony several years ago when he visited Port Fairy – a small coastal town near where I live in western Victoria – to do a solo performance of several Bach pieces on his wonderful old cello. It was a cold day in a small hall, but Anthony’s playing was beautiful and his unpretentious manner endeared him to the locals. Chatting to him afterwards he said he was working on a project on music and birds, Australian birds, and hoped to return to perform it in the not-too-distant future.

He did return, with Simone Slattery, and I think the blurb below from the website: Home – Where Song Began sums up the experience:

“Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world.

‘…an unforgettable and inspiring work, that captivated the audience ’;
‘…it moved me to tears… I left feeling I had been sung to by the country’.

“Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Audiences are encouraged to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections, and an immersive soundscape.

“Simone Slattery, a 2019 Churchill Fellow, was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program.”

It was a special experience to be ‘sung to by the country’, and the intertwining of Australian birdsong with music was beguiling, intimate and very much ‘of place’, but also universal. Anthony’s and Simone’s exceptional project crossed ‘the divide’, again, between ‘us and them’ and I remember a powerful feeling of peace and contentment after the performance.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s first-class podcast ‘Off Track’ (Nature podcasts by Ann Jones) interviewed Anthony and Simone and the two episodes can be found here: Two musicians and 30 million years of birdsong – Off Track – ABC Radio National

If you would like to buy the CD or donate to the project to assist Anthony and Simone to take the show to as many schools and other places as possible, the link is: https://wheresongbegan.com/cdcheckout/

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