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Thu, Sep 22 2022 6:30 PM

Live Oak Park
1301 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94709

Ambient Bird - Live Oak with sfSOUND and the bird ensemble
Fall Equinox Thursday 9/22 6:30pm
Live Oak Park 1301 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley (near the creek, under the trees)*

SFsound and the bird ensemble:
Lulu, African grey parrot
Wendy Reid, violin
Brenda Hutchinson, long tube
Kryś Bobrowski, glisglass
Ron Heglin, tuba
Aurora Josephson, voice
David Samas, percussion
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Diane Grubbe, flute
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

Wendy Reid’s site-specific work ‘ambient bird - live oak’ is a 44-minute interspecies sonic landscape which reflects a philosophy of connecting with all living creatures and the environment. The ensemble includes the musicians of sfSOUND and others working with the sounds of the birds, the crickets, the creek and the trees of Live Oak Park.

The structure of this work can be described as a musical process which attempts to reflect nature’s manner of operations: sonic fragments of an African grey parrot become the cells of a spatially notated score to be interpreted and performed by the musicians within the ambient environment. Contextual in nature, the work allows performers to act according to unpredictable conditions and variables which arise within the musical continuity. In performance, an attempt is made at a spontaneous unforced growing of sound and silence in which emphasis is placed on formation rather than pre-established form, as in the building and shaping of cell-like units in living processes. (

The first incantation of ambient bird entitled ‘ambient bird 433’, pays homage to John Cage’s composition 4’33”(1952). This fall equinox performance with sfSound celebrates its 70th-year anniversary.

*LOCATION OF PERFORMANCE: Live Oak Park 1301 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, just north of the recreation/theatre building, near the creek, under the trees.

There is no formal seating: stand and watch or wander, sit on the grass, ground, steps, distant picnic tables or bring your own chair/blanket

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Cost: Free - all donations go to the musicians
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