Sat 1 February 2020
A couple of years ago I wrote a little violin solo inspired by the raucous, rhythmic song of the red wattlebird, Anthochaera carunculata. It was commissioned by Simone Slattery as part of a project called Where Song Began, which has had many performances, and is now also available as a CD. It's full of beautifully performed music artfully combined with the sounds of Australian birds... most of them more tuneful than the wattlebird!
At the moment I'm working on a large-scale composition project titled Are we there yet? It will probably keep me going for a while yet... which seems apt... In the meantime, especially devoted fans of mine (are you there?) may recognise this as the title of a previous DJL composition, a set of three preludes for wind band. This is actually quite coincidental, as the commissioner's inspiration comes from an existing children's book of the same name. Being a composer, I shall probably not be able to help creating some clever musical link between the two works...
I've recently completed a 10-minute duet for bass clarinet and bassoon, titled Two Deep. It was commissioned by Terry & Kathy Bickley, who I met while conducting the Unley Concert Band in my role as Music Director there last year. I'm really looking forward to hearing them play it...
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