Kirkospresents The Song Ring'd Sky a new piece byIrish composer Ian Wilson and bayou-borne, for Pauline by NewZealand-born American composer Annea Lockwood.
Both pieces have a strong ecological element and aninteresting use of space:
The song-ring'd sky (string trio,horn, flute, alto saxophone & bass clarinet) is an environmental birdsongpiece that uses the cries and call of some of the highest-flying birds in theworld as source material and plays with horizontal and vertical space of theBoys School in Smock Alley.
bayou-borne, for Pauline (six players)is a map of the six bayous converging near Houston, Texas, with accompanyinginstructions. Performers improvise, each following one of the six bayous on themap. In the score, Lockwood writes, 'while these rivers normally movesluggishly, their character changed powerfully during Hurricane Harvey (August2017), when rapids formed, currents accelerated considerably and placidbayous became fierce conduits of floodwaters which devastated the Houston areaand caused many deaths.'