Conducting 'Red Live Breath' by Berlin-based Australian composer Cathy Milliken. In this ritualistic work, the choristers gather to sing short phrases, play stones, exchange sonorities with whirlies and interact with torches: all actions that set the space as a magical place. The text is taken from Gertrude Stein, Herbert Zbigniew and Cathy Milliken.
I quite like our national anthem, even though it gets a bad rap. It has satisfying rising & falling phrases and a clear structure. I arranged it a few years ago, wanting to explore some different harmonic possibilities.
This is a song I really connect with. Simple and direct lyrics and a melody with a beautiful shape. We were warming up in a gorgeous stone hall before the concert in Tecpán Cathedral (this was also the scene of the post-concert beans & tortillas 😋)
‘Who Are We’ marvels at the enormity of the universe. The text is by the great scientist, communicator and atheist, Carl Sagan:
We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star
lost in a galaxy in some forgotten corner
of a universe containing far more galaxies than people.