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Ornithology Premiere: double tui

double tui piano and ‘small orchestra’ of winds and percussion ~ ~ ~ the fantasy of being mobile finds you cycling through the night to find the dawn chorus which turns out to be quite complicated as the farewell symphony {to the wondrous memory of maurice till – a fantastically enabling and generous mentor} ~ ~ ~ double tui is part of a series of compositions i’ve written

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Ornithology Premiere: Andrew Bird arrangements

  I am nowhere nearly as hip as anyone else associated with wild Up, including the guy who tends the bar.  So when Chris contacted me about orchestrating some Andrew Bird songs I had to take an auditory crash-course through the artist’s body of work.  Fortunately, being a fan of acoustic indy pop in the Elliot Smith tradition and self-overdubbing madmen like Jon Brion,

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Ornithology Premieres: Bird of Paradise (in Paradise)

I was browsing through a Charlie Parker tunebook to get some ideas for the upcoming wild Up concert when the title “Bird of Paradise” caught my eye.  To be honest I was originally interested because it reminded me of those amazing Planet Earth documentaries involving unique birds, but soon after the notes became attractive as well.  The tune has a simple four-bar melody played

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Ornithology Premieres: Fake Palindromes

“Fake Palindromes” is the first song I ever heard by Andrew Bird, and it is my mind’s aural portrait of him.  The title’s reference to palindromes calls to mind one of Messiaen’s trademarks: the “non-retrogradeable rhythm”, or a rhythmic palindrome.  With the inclusion of Bird’s music on this wild Up concert featuring Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques [Foreign Birds], I knew I had to arrange this particular

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