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Eugene Von Guérard, Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges 1857, oil on canvas,
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 1975

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The award-winning bestseller that put Australian birds on the world map - nature and science writing at their best.

Tim Low has a rare gift for illuminating complex ideas in highly readable prose, and making of the whole a dynamic story. Here he brilliantly explains how our birds came to be so extraordinary, including the large role played by the foods they consume (birds, too, are what they eat), and by our climate, soil, fire, and Australia's legacy as a part of Gondwana. The story of its birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of Australia itself, and one that continues to unfold, so much having changed in the last decade about what we know of our ancient past.

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

Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’

This work encourages the audience 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 landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

Simone Slattery
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 and is now based in London.

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‘…an unforgettable and inspiring work, that captivated the audience 

amazing, truly special to have witnessed this performance 

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by ann jones for off track

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

BLUE MOUNTAINS | KINDLEHILL PERFORMANCE SPACE
8 Lake St, Wentworth Falls
Wednesday 20th of June | 7:00pm

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ADELAIDE | T.C.L Studio
Friday 29th of June | 7:00pm

PAST PERFORMANCES

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA | T.C.L Studio (Premiere)
Friday 10th of November, 2017

LEWES, EAST SUSSEX, UK | WESTGATE CHAPEL
Friday 16th of February, 2018

LONDON, UK | HEATH ST BAPTIST CHURCH
Saturday 17th of February, 2018

WILTON, CT, USA | PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Saturday 24th of March, 2018

NEW YORK CITY, USA | 1 Rivington St 
Metropolis Ensemble
Sunday 25th of March, 2018
www.metropolisensemble.org

NEW YORK CITY, USA | Spectrum
Tuesday 27th of March, 2018
following a set by David Rothenburg
(Author of 'Why Birds Sing')

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CLIFTON, NSW | Clifton School of Arts
Sunday 6th of May, 2018

COONAWARRA, SA | SOLDIERS MEMORIAL HALL
Wednesday 6th of June, 2018

MOUNT GAMBIER, SA | LECTURE CENTRE, UNI SA
Thursday 7th of June, 2018

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | MOZART HALL
Friday 8th of June, 2018

PORT FAIRY, VIC | REARDON THEATRE
WINTER WEEKENDS
Saturday 9th of June, 2018

LORNE, VIC | QDOS ARTS
Sunday 10th of June, 2018

YACKANDANDAH | THE COURTHOUSE
Monday 11th of June, 2018

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Eugene Von Guérard, Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges 1857, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 1975