Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds

Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds

Also featuring James Ledger, Alice Keath & Seraphim Trio
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    Sydney Coliseum Theatre
    West HQ • 29 February 8:00pm
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    Sydney Coliseum Theatre
    West HQ • 29 February 8:00pm
    PROFOUNDLY MOVING
    $59.90 - $89.90*
    Premium, A & B Reserve
    Buy Now
    via Ticketek

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About the event

Australian music legend Paul Kelly brings together musicians from broad-ranging backgrounds to perform bird inspired poems, written by John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A D Hope and others.

Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad, and migration. And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air? 

Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds features Seraphim Trio with Anna Goldsworthy on piano, Helen Ayres on violin and Tim Nankervis on cello, along with composer James Ledger and singer-songwriters Paul Kelly and Alice Keath. Together these artists create an evocative soundscape, each poem its own world - delicate and intimate at times, colossal and grinding at others, with all states in between. Banjo with pizzicato strings, synthesizer drones with piano, processed guitar with glockenspiel are just a few of the combinations to be heard.

Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds is a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.

The ARIA award-winning album Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds is now available.

PRESENTED BY GWB ENTERTAINMENT

"Part art music, part poetry reading and part folk-rock oratorio, it was by turns profoundly moving, playful and darkly atmospheric"

THE AGE

"He [Kelly] sung with his arms outstretched like a bird in flight and the music, words and voices combined effortlessly"

THE GUARDIAN