LINSEY POLLAK - Lyrebird (live looping endangered animal calls using midi wind controller)
LIZZIE O'KEEFE - Voice
Linsey and Lizzie perform Dangerous Song as a concert in numerous different settings, ranging from intimate house concerts to large concert halls and even in outdoor settings. They also provide a totally immersive experience to a maximum of 14 people who are wearing headphones. During these concerts Linsey and Lizzie will also talk about the specific species whose calls are used to create the music. This helps give context to the audience.
'Dangerous Song' is a performance piece that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals to create an intriguing and moving musical performance. This musical collaboration between Linsey and Lizzie has created a new musical language with structured, yet very free improvisation at it’s core. It takes us to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. A sort of sonic morphing. Linsey plays animal calls using a midi wind controller where breath, lip pressure and fingering control real animal call samples. He uses Live looping technology to instantaneously record layers of music as he plays. Lizzie joins him weaving her voice in and out of the musical landscape of animal sounds.
Linsey Pollak - Lyrebird (breath controlled animal calls)
Linsey is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996, recorded 33 albums (solo & with various groups) and performed at most major festivals around Australia where he has devised many large festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!” (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals), “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” (APRA Performance of the Year - Queensland 2013).
Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves and carrots, - his TED talk on Creativity (while making a carrot clarinet) has drummed up over 5 million views. He has spearheaded the Art of live-looping since 1990 developing solo shows such as “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”: “Playpen”; “The Art of Food”; "Making Jam"; “Cycology” and “Live & Loopy”.
Lizzie O’Keefe - Voice
Lizzie is a dynamic and commanding vocalist. Studying opera, classical and jazz from an early age, Lizzie has developed a completely unique signature style. She has lived and performed in Australia, Indonesia and the UK. During this time she has recorded with the Mitchell and Dewbury Band (Brighton), Jazzanova (Berlin), Razoof (Cologne) and Drumagick (Brazil). Whilst living in Indonesia she formed the duo Paramitsha, releasing a self-titled EP in 2013. The project pulled on many strains of world music, from flamenco, Arabic and jazz to folk and classical.
Having returned to Australia early 2013, Lizzie is now based in Maleny, Queensland. She released her debut solo EP Leaden Heart, in mid 2014, with the title track making her a finalist in the jazz category for the 2015 Queensland Music Awards. Since January 2015, Lizzie has been working with Linsey Pollak to develop Dangerous Song, producing two shows and releasing an album.