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About

DANGEROUS SONG 

Linsey Pollak (lyrebird midi breath controller) & Lizzie O'Keefe (voice)

 

'Dangerous Song' is a performance piece that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals to create an intriguing and moving musical performance. This musical collaboration between Linsey and Lizzie has created a new musical language with structured, yet very free improvisation at it’s core. It takes us to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. A sort of sonic morphing. Linsey plays animal calls using a midi wind controller where breath, lip pressure and fingering control real animal call samples. He uses Live looping technology to instantaneously record layers of music as he plays. Lizzie joins him weaving her voice in and out of the musical landscape of animal sounds.

Dangerous Song tells a story of the 6th Extinction period. This story is not told with words, but through sound the voices of the animals themselves that are endangered. These animal calls speak directly to the heart in a way that words cannot. They are joined by one lone human voice, a voice of empathy, conversing and intertwining with the calls of the animals. There is no narrative, we already know most of the story, even if we choose to ignore it and don't know the ending. This is a song for the Planet, an inter-species choral work, and they're singing for their lives! If their calls don't affect you then nothing will.

 

Dangerous Song offers 2 different modes of performance, Concert & Multimedia.

Concert

Linsey and Lizzie perform Dangerous Song as a concert in numerous different settings, ranging from intimate house concerts to large concert halls and even in outdoor settings. They also provide a totally immersive experience to a maximum of 14 people who are wearing headphones. During these concerts Linsey and Lizzie will also talk about the specific species whose calls are used to create the music. This helps give context to the audience.

Multimedia 

Linsey and Lizzie have created two works. 'Dangerous Song - black' and 'Dangerous Song - blue'. Both these one hour performances evoke an emotional connection and response to the sometimes “hard to swallow” facts about the current Sixth Extinction Crisis, inspiring understanding, love and hopefully action.

'Dangerous Song - black' collaborates with photographer Bonnie Jenkins, who draws inspiration from the combination of nature and the lens, exposing the wonder within to create the videos that accompany the songs. Jenny Pollak was also invited to create two of the videos. These moving images from Bonnie and Jenny are projected onto a semi transparent screen which surrounds the two performers. Andrew Meadows has designed the lighting. 'Dangerous Song - black' has enjoyed performances all around Australia in versions that include the projection and a concert version without projection but with conversation around the songs. A CD of this series was released late 2016 and is available for download at www.dangeroussong.com

'Dangerous Song - blue' received its world premiere at Woodford Folk Festival in December 2016. The work aims to connect our hearts with the planet’s heart through the combination of endangered animal calls with the human voice and stunning underwater cinematography by David Hannan (Ocean Ark Alliance). These moving images are projected onto a large aquarium like scrim where the two performers seem to be creating music from within these extraordinary underwater scenes. 'Dangerous Song - blue' provides environmental and conservation reef and ocean organisations with an inspiring and emotional tool for connecting our hearts to this important global issue.

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CONTACTS

Bookings | Linsey Pollak | World | linsey@spiderweb.com.au
Representative | Lizzie O\'Keefe | World | dangeroussongproductions@gmail.com
Partnerships and Project Development | Libby Lincoln | World | libbylincoln50@gmail.com

MUSIC

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Nawar & Athar 'Dangerous Song - blue'

Creatures of the Deep 'Dangerous Song - black' (long shot)

Hoo Dunnit (video only)

reviews, feedback & testimonials

from “Dangerous Song - blue” world premiere season December 2016 – Woodford Folk Festival


“Absolutely incredible!! So wonderful to see something so powerful, authentic and unique. It really touches my heart. Thank you so much for what you are doing.” Audience Member – Talara Blackwood (December 2016 World Premiere)


“A trip into wonder... with Linsey and Lizzie appearing as natives in the ocean ecosystem gracefully letting nature take centre stage.” Audience Member – Meg Benson (December 2016 World Premiere)


“Wonderful footage and haunting vocals and instrumental. Inspiring performance.” Audience Member – Jo Bragg, Environmental Defenders Office (December 2016 World Premiere)

 

from “Dangerous Song - Black” (the first show in the series)


“By elevating this vexed and painful cause to this level, you seem to have evoked something more powerful than emotional or intellectual activity could do. ... If others even remotely feel what was evoked in me then what you have created could have a profound impact on a much wider audience spanning cultures and languages.” Audience Member - Stephen Alexander (April 2016)


“I feel that this is one of the most powerfully emotive pieces of music (all the songs) I have ever heard.” Audience member – Wayne Petty (March, 2016)


“There is hope, perhaps, that such spellbinding depth and consummate sharing of this song of the earth, will change our human priorities back to a connection with this fragile world and all its inhabitants” - Tamsin Kerr, Director of the Cooroora Institute.
“Dangerous Song is sublime - "meditative", "magnificent" and "sacred" were words spoken by so many. ... This is the most poignant, delicate and exceptionally beautiful work of art - a magical, empathetic, absorption into nature.... this is genuinely world class.” Audience member - Jacqueline Twigg


“This event was not about the musician’s or singer’s technique, though both were masterful, or the audience as mere spectators. This experience was a joint exploration of our relationship with the natural world. The power of the merging of the human and animal cries had a visceral effect on all of us. Looking around at one time I could see that many of us had closed our eyes and moved into a meditative state to live for that moment totally present to the music. - Jude Pippen PhD - Artsworker