Blackbird in the Garden

Forest Collective presents
Blackbird in the Garden

A child opens the gate and steps into a garden. Months ago, she planted seeds – ideas, hopes, memories – and left them to grow. Will she take the obvious path, stopping to marvel at each plant in turn? Or will she explore, become distracted and deviate to find something new?
Will she follow the blackbird?

In June 2016, flautist Naomi Johnson and Forest Collective invite you to ‘Blackbird in the Garden’. This whimsical concert piece brings together music and dance in a multidisciplinary performance based on Andrew Aronowicz’s flute miniature series Following the Blackbird. Here, Naomi becomes a child in a strange garden brimming with musical gems, as she follows the trail of an elusive and capricious dancing blackbird. Come join us at the garden gate and ready yourself for this most delightful and curious journey of playful discovery. 

Naomi Johnson - Flutes & Co-Curator
Andrew Aronowicz - Composer & Co-curator
Elanor Webber - Dancer & Choreographer
Hana Crisp - Soprano
Stuart Fisher - Guitar
Stephanie Arnold - Cello

Andrew Aronowicz Following the Blackbird for solo flute with live electronics
Iddo Aharony A Stone the Size of a Dream Australian Premiere for soprano, flute and cello
Elliot Carter Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello
Jesse McVeity S k y Whale for alto flute and electric guitar
Albert Roussel Deux poemes de Ronsard for flute and soprano
Kaija Saariaho Mirrors for flute and cello
Toru Takemitsu In the Woods – III. Muir Wood for solo guitar

Friday June 24th 7:30pm (preview) 
Saturday June 25th 7:30pm  
Sunday June 26th 5pm 
$25 F, $20 C, $15 U15’s
Preview $15 at the door 
Sacred Heart Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Helier’s Street, Abbotsford 3067
PTV:  200 or 207 bus from the city, Lygon Street or Johnston Street, close to Victoria Park Train Station (South Morang or Hurstbridge line, approx. 15 mins from CBD) 

Blackbird in the Garden is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH