Bright Birds (for two pianos)
Premiere: Bermagui, NSW, 7 April 2012
Commissioned by the Four Winds Festival and Cliff and Sayaka Wallis
The collaboration with composer Damian Barbeler and pianist Stephen Emmerson took place over February–April 2012 prior to the work’s premiere at the Four Winds Festival in 2012. This collaboration began as the Festival’s project to commission a new work, to be conceived and developed during a residency in Bermagui (a coastal fishing village in NSW where the festival takes place) and premiered by Stephen and I. Guided by the festival’s Artistic Director, Genevieve Lacey, Damian Barbeler was chosen as the composer, known for his affinity for the Australian landscape and for his uncanny ability to capture its nuances in his music. The idea behind the residency, held at a property in Bermagui owned by festival supporters Cliff and Sayaka Wallis, was to enable Damian to immerse himself into the local landscape which would, overtly or implicitly, be reflected in the composition.