This new performance work by the Bowerbird Collective will take you on an epic journey alongside migratory shorebirds as they connect continents and cultures. A cinematic concert experience, Life on Land’s Edge draws on art, science, and music from across the ages. Spectacular footage and soundscapes set the scene for two of Australia's most adventurous musicians. Be immersed in one of nature's greatest stories.
Life on Land's Edge features eight new works by Australian composers Anne Cawrse, Chris Williams, Corrina Bonshek, Gambirra Illume and Simone Slattery, co-commissioned by the Bowerbird Collective and BirdLife Australia, as well as works by Philip Glass and Antonio Vivaldi.
Where Song Began
Where Song Began is a 50-minute multimedia performance celebrating the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world. Performed more than 60 times around regional Australia and internationally, Limelight Magazine called it "Spectacular" in a 5⭐ review. The production was the 2020 recipient of a Ruby Award from Arts South Australia.
On this ARIA chart-topping album of pure birdsong you can hear 53 of our most threatened species. The title track celebrates the incredible diversity of the Australian soundscape, and highlights what we stand to lose without taking action. Be immersed in a chorus of iconic cockatoos, the buzzing of bowerbirds, a bizarre symphony of seabirds, and the haunting call of one of the last remaining night parrots.
A collaboration between the acclaimed nature recordist David Stewart, Nature Sound, the Bowerbird Collective, BirdLife Australia, Charles Darwin University and Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts, this project, released alongside the 2020 Action Plan for Australian Birds, shows that Australians will not allow these precious avian voices to be silenced.
This online work, supported by the EAAFP & Arts South Australia, is a musical and visual journey from the continental shores and tidal flats of Australasia to the tundra of Siberia and Alaska, tracing the awe-inspiring odyssey of shorebirds as they draw Invisible Connections across the globe. The work was premiered on May 9, 2020 for World Migratory Bird Day, hosted by the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.
On the Wings of a Godwit
'On the Wings of a Godwit' is an immersive, online guided meditation of music, birdsong and spoken word that takes the listener on a journey from the continental shores of Australasia to the tundra of Siberia. We invite you, the listener, to become a migratory bird, overwintering between your summer homes, following a flyway path that has been travelled for thousands of years. Stop, listen, breathe, and take flight with this meditative journey created by renowned Australian artist Kate Gorringe-Smith (The Overwinting Project) and award-winning musicians and soundscape designers the Bowerbird Collective, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello). An Indonesian version was created in partnership with Burung Indonesia and Suara Indonesia Dance, featuring Alfira O'Sullivan.
This project was amplified by Melbourne Fringe through the Ralph Mclean Microgrant program, and supported by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.
World Migratory Bird Day | Virtual Choir
The Bowerbird Collective and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership are thrilled to present the very first World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir. Celebrating the 2021 theme of the World Migration Bird Day, "Sing, Fly, Soar - Like a Bird!", participants from twenty countries have joined forces to give their voices for migratory birds.
The work sung by the choir in this video was composed by Simone Slattery. There are no lyrics, enabling people from all over the world to participate.
The video features footage of migratory birds from across the Flyway, including Roebuck Bay, Australia, the Copper River Delta, Alaska and the shores of Southeast Asia.
Jeffrey Newchurch and Lynette Crocker, two elders integral to the establishment of Winaityinaityi Pangkara, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, reflect on the importance of this place to the Northern Kaurna people. Joined by Joan Gibbs from the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.
The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is one of the southern-most roosting and feeding sites for thousands of migratory shorebirds that annually use the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. For more information visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/parks/adelaide-international-bird-sanctuary-national-park and www.eaaflyway.net.
Produced by the Bowerbird Collective on behalf of the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. Supported by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. Filmed with permission from the Department for Environment and Water, the Government of South Australia, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia.
Film, sound, music and editing: Anthony Albrecht & Simone Slattery