On 4 September, Slagwerk Den Haag and I will premiere Gods of Bird, my new 30-minute work for percussionists and live electronics. It is performed entirely on Atelier van Lieshout’s Early Bird sculpture, with the concert taking place in the sculptor’s atelier in Rotterdam.
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.