Gods of Bird

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GODS OF BIRD is a 30-minute work for three percussionists + electronics, performed entirely on the Early Bird sculpture by Atelier van Lieshout.

While walking through Joep van Lieshout’s atelier, looking for musical possibilities in his sculptures, I stumbled upon his Early Bird from 2015.  A few taps on the surface and I was enchanted.  Each of its 100 flat metal surfaces rings out a clear, unique pitch.  It’s like a beastly, beautiful, bizarrely-tuned, three-dimensional, four-meter tall vibraphone.

The percussionists play the role of three gods, descending from the heavens to help guide the four terribly lost Early Birds.  Each bird believes itself to be a solitary genius, forging ahead in its own direction while climbing the rusty corporate ladder of late-stage capitalism.  The birds are unaware of the fact that we are all welded together.

As the piece unfolds, the gods grow weary, finding the Early Birds completely unreceptive to their advice.  The gods eventually resign and then die, as the humans kill their own gods by killing themselves (the death of the dreamer kills the dreamed).

Composer/choreographer/live-electronics: Brendan Faegre
Percussionists: Slagwerk Den Haag (Frank Wienk, Pepe Garcia, Joey Marijs)
Sound: Arjan van Asselt
Sculpture: Atelier van Lieshout

God of Birds – Brendan Faegre x Atelier van Lieshout x Slagwerk Den Haag

Composer Brendan Faegre on Atelier van Lieshout's sculpture 'Early Bird' which is the centre piece in 'God of Birds' our new project with Atelier van Lieshout. Joins us for this sculptural-sound-performance: Fri. 4 September (19hrs and 20.30hrs, 30 minute-erformances) @ AVL Mundo, Rotterdam. Tickets €8,50 p.p. | Ticket sales online only: https://avlmundo.stager.nl/web/ticketsAttending the concerts can be combined with Van Lieshout’s sculptural tour Let's Get Physical. God of birds is powered by de Doelen, Atelier Van Lieshout, Motel Mozaique Concerts, Fonds Podiumkunsten en Slagwerk Den Haag.

Posted by Slagwerk Den Haag on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Choreography demo

One week to the premiere of Gods of Bird!Here's an excerpt from a choreography demo video. The percussionists play the role of three gods, descending from the heavens to help guide the four terribly lost Early Birds.God Of Birds by Brendan Faegre & Slagwerk Den HaagSlagwerk Den Haag, Atelier Van Lieshout

Posted by Brendan Faegre on Friday, August 28, 2020


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