a musical collaboration between
LINSEY POLLAK - Lyrebird (live looping endangered animal calls using midi wind controller)
LIZZIE O'KEEFE - Voice
'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.
ONCE UPON A TIME ...
"Once upon a time there was a planet called Earth. During many millions of years a rich, complex and beautiful ecosystem developed with an incredible variety of lifeforms. Over time one of the animal species in this ecosystem became dominant and their impact on the planet was so massive that many of the other species could no longer survive and became extinct. We take up the story during this extinction period, but the story is not told with words, as words have fallen on too many deaf ears for too long and people have stopped listening. The story is told through sound, through the voices of the animals themselves that are endangered. These animal calls speak directly to the heart in a way that words cannot. They are joined by one lone human voice, a voice of empathy, using no words but conversing and intertwining with the calls of the animals. There is no narrative, we already know most of the story, even if we choose to ignore it and don't know the ending. So this piece is a song for the Planet, an inter-species choral work, and they're singing for their lives! If their calls don't affect you then nothing will."
3 different shows
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.
Black & Blue
Linsey and Lizzie have created two works. 'Dangerous Song - black' and 'Dangerous Song - blue'. Both these one hour performances evoke an emotional connection and response to the sometimes “hard to swallow” facts about the current Sixth Extinction Crisis, inspiring understanding, love and hopefully action.
'Dangerous Song - black' collaborates with photographer Bonnie Jenkins, who draws inspiration from the combination of nature and the lens, exposing the wonder within to create the videos that accompany the songs. Jenny Pollak was also invited to create two of the videos. These moving images from Bonnie and Jenny are projected onto a semi transparent screen which surrounds the two performers. Andrew Meadows has designed the lighting. 'Dangerous Song - black' has enjoyed performances all around Australia in versions that include the projection and a concert version without projection but with conversation around the songs. A CD of this series was released late 2016 and is available for download at Bandcamp.
'Dangerous Song - blue' received its world premiere at Woodford Folk Festival in December 2016. The work aims to connect our hearts with the planet’s heart through the combination of endangered animal calls with the human voice and stunning underwater cinematography by David Hannan (Ocean Ark Alliance). These moving images are projected onto a large aquarium like scrim where the two performers seem to be creating music from within these extraordinary underwater scenes. 'Dangerous Song - blue' provides environmental and conservation reef and ocean organisations with an inspiring and emotional tool for connecting our hearts to this important global issue.