Blackbird in the Garden

Naomi became a child in a strange garden brimming with musical gems, as she follows the trail of an elusive and capricious dancing blackbird…

 A child opens the gate and steps into a garden. Months ago, she planted seeds – ideas, hopes, memories – and left them to grow. Will she take the obvious path, stopping to marvel at each plant in turn? Or will she explore, become distracted, and deviate to something new? Will she follow the blackbird?

Naomi Johnson – flutes & co-curator
Elanor Webber – dance
Hana Crisp – soprano
Stuart Fisher – guitars
Stephanie Arnold – cello
Andrew Aronowicz – composer & co-curator
Elliott Hughes – electronics
Also on the program, music by
Albert Roussel, Toru Takemitsu, Jesse McVeity,
Iddo Aharony and Kaija Saariaho
24th – 26th June 2016
The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
Presented by Forest Collective
Supported by the Australian Cultural Fund through MATCH

Following the Blackbird was premiered as part of my Master of Music recital in at the University of Melbourne on June 24th, 2014, and was subsequently performed as part of the 2014 SoundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy in July 2014.

Blackbird in the Garden was the subject of feature articles on the CutCommon and Australian Music Centre websites.