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The Concert Work

March 31, 2018

Visiting Eucalyptus, the concert music work, will be premiered on April 1 as part of the Four Winds Easter Festival 2018. The work is for 10 players spanning a wide range of instruments and some of Australia's top performers plus visiting artists.

The piece will be performed in the outdoor Sound Shell amongst the gum trees, 5 mins sound of Bermagui on the far SE coast of NSW.

The work's structure is a series of musical forests, that is, different ways that I have devised of creating forest like sound worlds. Interspersed with these are moments of high emotion celebrating Eucalypts.

And there is one more element to mention. In creating the work I made up my own fairy tale story about Eucalyptus (inspired by Murray Bail's book). It;s. secret what that story is but it does end with a person in a Eucalypt forest at dawn with the colours and textures somehow magically animated to create a Magic Realism, super saturated, hyper-real world.

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The Installation

March 08, 2018

In the month before the Festival premiere there is a photographic installation in a popup shop in Lamont Street, Bermagui, courtesy of Sheelagh Davey, Lyle Davey and Marien Stark.

 

The idea is that audience members can go and see the inspiration behind the musical work. There is even a music video with some snippets of main musical themes from the concert work. I recorded these sound bites from the piece with violinist Anna McMichael in the weeks before the festival specially for the installation.

Thanks very much to Sheelagh, Lye and Marien for the use of their beautiful, clean space. It is the perfect spot for quiet reflection of the various contrasting examples of the bark panoramas.

If anyone wants one of these panoramas please contact me. We are doing a short print run of these in different sizes.

The Book

March 25, 2018

We made a book also. Tim has taken some of the choicest images plus scans from our sketch books and his own artistic tree related renderings and made a book which is part reflection on trees and part exegesis on our creative process. The book is released on Monday 26th. It can be purchased online at: https://www.barbeler.com/shop-1

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Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the past and present traditional, first nation Elders and peoples of Australia. They are the true custodians of this

country and we celebrate and cherish their ancient and continuing creative and spiritual engagement with this land.

We are grateful to those indigenous people of various nations on mainland Australia and the Torres Strait Islands who have warmly and kindly shared their traditional insights with us. We are mindful of the custodianship of the traditional owners of the past and present of the different lands we travel through for this work. We are conscious of what a special thing it is to be helped into a deeper understanding of the Australian landscape.

© 2020 By Damian Barbeler and Tim Jetis